Frequently asked questions


Web fraud scams (such as phishing) have become more sophisticated and fake web sites have become harder to spot. With concerns about identity theft and online imposters on the rise, users need to know whether or not to trust a web site. The green address bar is highly visible and assures users that they have reached the correct site and it is authentic.

For public web sites where customers enter credit cards or other high value information, you need to quickly show users proof of your web site’s identity and encryption. Establishing this trust translates into more transactions of higher value for your online business..

Extended Validation (EV) is the highest class of SSL Certificate available. It uses the same powerful encryption as other SSLs, but getting one requires a thorough vetting of the applicant's business. Only those businesses that pass this process will receive an EV SSL Certificate. Anyone who sees the green address bar while on your site knows instantly they’re on a legitimate website.

Before we grant an EV Certificate, one of our staff members verifies that the business listed on the application is:

  • Legally registered
  • Currently in operation
  • At the address listed
  • At the telephone number listed
  • Owns the website domain name

You'll need to pass this vetting process every two years to keep your Extended Validation (EV) SSL. Any business that sells products or accepts payment information online should use an Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate.

Unlike other SSL Certificates, Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates display a prominent visual sign that visitors quickly recognize. The address bar on their browser turns green when they're on an EV-secured website, showing them your business is legitimate.

Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates are only granted to the following organizations, businesses and corporations:

  • Incorporated or limited liability companies that are legally registered with a “Good Standing,” “Active,” or equivalent status.
  • Business entities such as general partnerships, unincorporated associations, DBAs and sole proprietorships.

Nearly everyone has had the experience of almost buying something online, only to leave the site before submitting their order because they didn't feel safe.

Any website protected by an EV SSL will display a green address bar in addition to the padlock and HTTPS prefix. It shows shoppers they're on an encrypted website and that their credit card information and any other sensitive data they've submitted are secure.

Because of the level of proof required by the CA/Browser Forum, organizations must be listed with an official registration agency in their jurisdiction. Corporations, general partnerships, unincorporated associations, government agencies and sole proprietorships may apply if they have a valid license, charter or equivalent verifiable through that registration agency.

The requesting organization may not be located in a country or be part of an industry identified on a government prohibited list. Individuals and unregistered organizations are currently not eligible for SSL certificates with Extended Validation.

Yes, if your business meets eligibility guidelines. If you have an nsProtect™ Secure Basic, Advanced or Wildcard SSL certificate from Network Solutions®, we are pleased to give you a substantial discount off of the purchase of an nsProtect™ Secure Extended Validation Certificate. To receive your discount, you must place your EV Certificate order with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate Consultant at 1-877-228-1023.

Wildcard customers should note that industry guidelines prohibit the issuance of Wildcard EV Certificates. To reap the benefits of an EV Certificate for their website, they may want to purchase an EV Certificate for their main domain and retain their current Wildcard Certificate to cover their sub-domains. If you have an SSL Certificate from a Certification Authority other than Network Solutions, you may still upgrade to an nsProtect™ Secure Extended Validation Certificate at a very competitive price. Please note that industry guidelines require all EV applicants, even those who already have SSL Certificates, to successfully complete the extended validation process before receiving an EV Certificate.

Certification Authorities (CA) are third-party verifiers that authorize and endorse the legitimacy of websites. Browsers inherently trust an SSL Certificate if it is current and is issued by a reputable CA since trusted CAs will only issue SSL Certificates to websites after validating the legitimacy of that

The Certification Authority Browser Forum (CA/Browser Forum) is a voluntary organization of leading certification authorities (CAs) and vendors of Internet browser software and other applications.

Members of the CA/Browser Forum have worked closely together in defining the guidelines and means of implementation for the Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate standard as a way of providing a heightened security for Internet transactions and creating a more intuitive method of displaying secure sites to Internet users.

The CA/Browser Forum is the industry group that created the guidelines for EV SSL Certificates and those guidelines currently restrict EV Certificates to corporations, business entities (such as sole proprietors, general partnerships, unincorporated associations, etc.), and government entities. For those eligible, the application process for an EV Certificate is more thorough than existing procedures, requiring applicants to provide more detailed information about their businesses for final verification. The extended validation process is intended to enhance the authority of and consumer confidence in the Certificates, and to make it nearly impossible for fraudulent or criminal applicants to receive an EV Certificate.

When you apply for an EV Certificate you will be asked to provide certain types of information about your business or your client's business. This information may include:

  • Dun & Bradstreet registration numbers
  • Proof of physical address via database listings
  • Opinion letter from legal counsel or certified accountant
  • Other corporate, financial, and government documents such as Articles of Incorporation, bank accounts, and business licenses
  • Government-issued photo IDs

The Certification Authority will review and verify the accuracy of these documents. It may also perform additional checks before issuing the EV SSL Certificate. If the applicant's credentials can't be verified in accordance with the CA/Browser Forum guidelines, then the Certification Authority will not issue the Certificate.

Extended validation is a newer protocol with more stringent requirements. At this time, the validation process is expected to take about 4 to 5 business days once the Certification Authority has received all required documentation

No. Consumers will see a difference in the representation of the EV Certificate and secure connection (e.g., green address bar), but will experience no change or slowdown in operation or transaction procedures.

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