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Change in SSL Certificate Max Validity
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2-year max validity period

If you are interested in purchasing 3-year certificates, or having pending 3-year order to place, please do it now!


The CA Browser Forum implemented a change in Certification Authorities’ policy requirements, reducing the maximum lifetime for all TLS/SSL certificates to 825 days, which is just over 27 months. This is a reduction from the existing maximum term of 39 months, meaning the maximum validity for an SSL certificate is now two years, and not three.


This affects the whole Certificate Authority industry. All CA’s will be abiding by maximum validity of SSL certificates. OnlineNIC will be discontinuing the sale of 3-year SSL certificates of Digicerts, Symantec from Feb 20, 2018, and Comodo from Mar 1, 2018.


What this means to you:

       You may still purchase one and two-year certificates.

       After March 1, any renewals or reissues of certificates that were originally for terms longer than 27 months will have their term truncated to the maximum permissible duration of 27 months. When the 27 months expires, customers will receive a free replacement certificate, which is valid for the remainder of the certificate duration.

       There is no action required for 3-year certificates issued prior to March 1, 2018. These certificates are unaffected and will remain valid for their full term. However, should customers need to replace one of these certificates after March 1, the new regulations will apply.

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