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POST https://www.digicert.com/services/v2/order/certificate/ssl_basic

Important

End of 2-year public SSL/TLS certificates

The Services API no longer issues public SSL/TLS certificates with a validity period greater than 397 days. Requests for public SSL/TLS certificates that specify an order validity greater than 1 year (or 397 days) create a new Multi-year Plan. To learn more about this change, see End of 2-year DV, OV, and EV public SSL/TLS certificates.

Use this endpoint to request or renew a Basic OV SSL certificate. To renew a certificate, you must place the request from the same account used to order the original certificate.

Public TLS/SSL certificates support Multi-year Plans. With Multi-year Plans, you pick the SSL/TLS certificate, the certificate validity period, and the duration of coverage you want. To order a Multi-year Plan with this endpoint, use the order_validity object to set the validity period of the order (up to six years). Optionally, use the certificate.cert_validity parameter to customize the validity of the first certificate issued for the order. For more information, see Multi-year Plans.

Notice

Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) and Flat Fee contracts only support 1- and 2-year Multi-year Plans.

Notice

This more flexible Basic OV SSL certificate makes it easier to get the Basic OV certificate to fit your needs. This certificate replaces the Basic Standard SSL, SSL Multi Domain, and Wildcard products.

Example requests and responses

Request parameters

Notice

For information about allowed values for certificate fields, see Publicly Trusted Certificates – Data Entries that Violate Industry Standards.

Name

Req/Opt

Type

Description

certificate

required

object

Certificate details.

.. common_name

required

string

Domain to be secured.

.. dns_names

optional

array

Additional domains to be secured. Can result in additional costs. (See Best practices – Get both versions of a domain for free.)

.. csr

required

string

Certificate signing request (CSR).

Note: The Services API does not extract information from the CSR to fill in the details of a certificate request. You must provide values for all relevant request parameters, including certificate.common_name, certificate.dns_names, and organization.id. If you are requesting a certificate for an organization without an existing ID, you must provide values for all required parameters of the organization object.

.. signature_hash

required

string

Hash algorithm used to signing the certificate.

Note: Code signing certificates support only SHA-256.

.. organization_units

optional

array

Department in your organization the certificate is for.

Deprecated. This field is ignored for public TLS/SSL certificate requests. See our knowledge base article.

.. server_platform

optional

object

Server platform type.

Default: -1 (other)

.. .. id

required

int

Server platform ID. See Glossary – Server platforms.

.. cert_validity

optional

object 

Defines the validity period of certificates issued for this order. Cannot exceed order validity period.

If not provided, or if the cert_validity date is less than 365 days from the current date, the certificate's validity period defaults to the validity period of the order or the maximum certificate validity period defined by CA/B Forum baseline requirements, whichever is shorter.

This object is not used for requests from accounts that do not have Multi-year Plans enabled.

.. .. years

optional

int 

Number of years the certificate is valid after it is issued.

Can be replaced with cert_validity.days or cert_validity.custom_expiration_date.

Allowed value: 1

.. .. days

optional

int 

Number of days the certificate is valid after it is issued. Overrides cert_validity.years.

Max: 397

.. .. custom_expiration_date

optional

string

A custom expiration date for the certificate. Overrides cert_validity.years.

Format: dd MMM YYYY (for example, "09 JUN 2021")

Range: Must be within 397 days of the date you request the certificate.

.. profile_option

optional

string

If using custom certificate profiles, specify the profile name.

Allowed values: See Glossary – Certificate profile options.

.. ca_cert_id

optional

string

ID of the intermediate certificate authority (ICA) certificate to select as the issuing certificate. To get the ca_cert_id value for an ICA, use the Product list endpoint.

Account administrators can customize the default and allowed ICAs for each product at the container or user role level. If you do not provide a value for this parameter, we issue the certificate using the default ICA. If you provide the ca_cert_id value for an ICA that is not allowed, the request returns an error*. To see the custom ICA settings for each product, use the Product limits endpoint.

*This parameter is ignored if the option for ICA selection is not enabled for your account. Non-flex OV/EV TLS certificates don't support ICA selection. For more information, see Configure the ICA certificate chain feature for your public TLS certificates.

renewed_thumbprint

optional*

string

If order is a renewal, enter the SHA-1 thumbprint of the previous order's primary certificate. For more information, see How to check a certificate's thumbprint.

*Renewal orders must include either a renewed_thumbprint or renewal_of_order_id value.

order_validity

required

object 

Defines the validity period of the order. Order validity determines the length of a Multi-year Plan.

.. years 

required*

int 

Number of years the order is valid.

*Can be replaced by order_validity.days or order_validity.custom_expiration_date.

Range: 1-6

.. days 

optional

int 

Number of days the order is valid. Overrides order_validity.years.

Max: 2190

.. custom_expiration_date 

optional

string 

Custom expiration date for the order. Overrides order_validity.days and order_validity.years.

Format: dd MMM YYYY (for example, "09 JUN 2025")

Range: Must be within six years of the date you request the order.

validity_years 

optional

int 

Number of years the order is valid.

Deprecated. Use the order_validity object to set the validity period of the order. Use the cert_validity object to set the validity period of the certificate.

Range: 1-6

custom_expiration_date 

optional

string 

Custom expiration date for the order. Overrides validity_years.

Deprecated. Use the order_validity object to set the validity period of the order. Use the cert_validity object to set the validity period of the certificate.

Format: yyyy-MM-dd

Range: Must be within six years of the date you request the order.

comments

optional

string

Comments about the order for the approver.

apply_cr_discount

optional

bool

When true, applies any competitive replacement discounts that are available for the domains on the order. To calculate competitive replacement discounts before you place an order, use the List replacement benefits endpoint.

Default: false

serial_number

optional

string

Serial number of the non-DigiCert certificate for which you expect to receive a competitive replacement discount when you place the order. If not provided, we use the information from your order request to look for a match among certificates on the CT log servers, and we apply a discount based on the best match we can find.

auto_renew

optional

int

Specify if the certificate should automatically renew.

Allowed values: 0 (disabled), 1 (enabled)

Default: 0

auto_reissue

optional

int

Auto-reissue setting for the order. When auto-reissue is enabled for a Multi-year Plan, DigiCert automatically creates a reissue request for the most recently issued certificate when that certificate is within 30 days of expiring. Auto-reissue repeats until the order expires. To learn more about reissuing certificates in a Multi-year Plan, see Multi-year Plans.

Allowed values: 0 (disabled) or 1 (enabled)

Default: 0 (disabled)

Note: We ignore the auto_reissue request parameter if:

  • The product does not support Multi-year Plans.

  • Multi-year Plans are disabled for the account.

custom_renewal_message

optional

string

Custom message to be included in renewal notifications.

disable_renewal_notifications

optional

bool

Specify if renewal notification emails should be disabled.

Default: false

additional_emails

optional

array

Additional email addresses to receive certificate notification emails (e.g., certificate issuance, duplicate certificate, certificate renewals, etc.).

locale

optional

string

Language that the DCV email should use. See Glossary – Locale codes.

renewal_of_order_id

optional*

int

If order is a renewal, enter the previous order's ID.

*Renewal orders must include either a renewed_thumbprint or renewal_of_order_id value.

payment_method

optional

string

Payment method for the order. Allowed values:

  • balance (default): Pay with account balance. Returns an error if the option to bill to account balance is disabled for the account, or if the account balance has insufficient funds. Learn how to debit purchases against your CertCentral account balance.

  • profile: Pay with the account’s default credit card. Returns an error if no default credit card is configured for the account. Learn how to set up a default credit card.

  • card: Pay with a new credit card. Requests that use card as the payment method must include a credit_card and billing_address object. Returns an error if the option to pay with a credit card is disabled for the account.

credit_card

conditional

object

Object with information about the credit card charged for the order. Required if payment_method is card.

.. number

required

string

Credit card number.

.. expiration_month

required

integer

Credit card expiration month. Format as a two-digit number between 01 (Jan) and 12 (Dec).

.. expiration_year

required

integer

Credit card expiration year. Format as a four-digit number. For example: 2026

.. cvv

required

integer

Card verification value (CVV). Format as a three- or four-digit number. For example: 333 or 4444

.. cardholder_name

required

string

Cardholder’s first and last name.

billing_address

conditional

object

Object with information about the billing address. Required if payment_method is card.

.. address

required

string

Billing street address.

.. address2

optional

string

Continuation of street address.

.. city

required

string

Billing city.

.. state

conditional

string

Billing state or province. Optional for some countries.

.. country

required

string

Billing country.

.. zip

conditional

string

Billing zip or postal code. Optional for some countries.

dcv_method

optional

string

DCV method to use when verifying domain control. See Glossary – DCV methods.

skip_approval

optional

bool

Specify if the order should skip the approval step and be immediately submitted for validation and issued when complete.

Default: false

disable_ct

optional

bool

Specify if CT logging for the certificate should be disabled. Order-specific CT logging must be enabled or this will be ignored. See Allow users to keep certificates out of CT logs.

Default: false

organization

required

object

Object with information about the organization to associate with the request. You can associate the request with an existing organization, or you can create a new organization when you submit the order request.

To associate the request with an existing organization, pass the ID of the organization as the value of organization.id in the body of your request. To create a new organization, include the details of the organization in the organization object. For more information about the structure and required parameters of the organization object, see the Create organization documentation.

Note: When you submit an order with organization details instead of providing an organization ID, we check the organizations that already exist in your account to avoid creating a duplicate.

  • If we find one matching organization, we automatically associate the order with that organization instead of creating a new one.

  • If we find two or more matching organizations, we automatically associate the order with the oldest matching organization in your account instead of creating a new one.

To override this behavior and force the request to create a new organization, set the organization.skip_duplicate_org_check parameter to true in the body of your request.

Important: When you want to associate an order with an existing organization, we recommend always using the ID of the organization instead of the organization's details in the body of your request. To get the ID values for organizations in your account, use the List organizations endpoint. Additionally, we recommend deactivating unused organizations to ensure they are never accidentally assigned to a new order request. To deactivate an organization, use the Deactivate organization endpoint.

.. id

required*

int

The ID of an existing organization to associate with the order. To get the ID of organizations in your account, use the List organizations endpoint.

*Not required if you are creating a new organization with your request.

.. skip_duplicate_org_check

optional

bool

Use true to skip the check for duplicate organizations in your account. When you skip this check, you force the request to create a new organization, regardless of whether the details you provide in the request match the details of an organization that already exists in your account.

Default: false

.. contacts

required

array

List of organization contacts for the order.

.. .. contact_type

required

string

Type of contact to add to the order.

Allowed values: organization_contact, technical_contact, ev_approver

.. .. user_id

required*

int

ID of existing user or contact for the account.

*Can be omitted if adding a new contact.

.. .. first_name

optional

string

First name of the new contact.

Note: Required when omitting user_id. If user_id is not omitted, the specified user's information will be updated with the new value.

.. .. last_name

optional

string

Last name of the new contact.

Note: Required when omitting user_id. If user_id is not omitted, the specified user's information will be updated with the new value.

.. .. job_title

optional

string

Job title of the new contact.

Note: Required when omitting user_id. If user_id is not omitted, the specified user's information will be updated with the new value.

.. .. telephone

optional

string

Telephone number of the new contact.

Note: Required when omitting user_id. If user_id is not omitted, the specified user's information will be updated with the new value.

.. .. email

optional

string

Email address of the new contact.

Note: Required when omitting user_id. If user_id is not omitted, the specified user's information will be updated with the new value.

container

optional

object

If needed, specify the container the order should be placed under.

.. id

required

int

Container ID.

custom_fields

optional*

array

Account-specific custom fields.

*Whether or not these fields are required depends on your custom field settings.

.. metadata_id

required

int

Custom field ID.

.. value

required

string

Value for the custom field. Data validation type depends on your custom field settings.

alternative_order_id

optional

string

A custom alphanumeric ID to assign the order. To see the alternative_order_id assigned to an order, use the Order info endpoint.

Alternative order IDs do not replace the unique order ID that DigiCert assigns each order request. You cannot use alternative order IDs to search for or identify orders in API calls that require an order_id parameter in the URL path or request body.

If the Require unique alternative order IDs option is enabled in your account settings, you cannot submit order requests with an alternative order ID that is already assigned to an order in your account. Use this feature to enable nonce order requests, or to prevent your integration from creating duplicate orders in cases where you do not receive a response from the API. Account administrators can toggle this option from the CertCentral console. From the Settings > Preferences page, open the Advanced Settings menu, and look for the Alternative order ID option.

This parameter is always optional, even if the Require unique alternative order IDs option is enabled in your account. If a request does not use this parameter, no alternative_order_id value is assigned to the order.

Maximum length: 64 characters

Note: The Require unique alternative order IDs option may not appear in the advanced settings menu for all CertCentral accounts. To enable this option for your account, contact your account manager or our Support team.

enable_guest_access

optional

int

Whether to enable guest access for the order. This parameter is not allowed if guest access is disabled in your account settings.

Allowed values: 1 (enabled) or 0 (disabled)

Default: The default configuration for new orders is determined by your account settings. Account administrators can change these settings from the Guest Access page in the CertCentral console.

Response parameters

Name

Type

Description

id

int

Order ID.

organization

object

Container for new organization details. Only returned if a new organization was created with the order.

.. id

int

Organization ID for the new organization.

domains

array

List of objects with details about the domains in your account that are submitted for validation with the certificate order request. You must have an active validation for the domains in this array to prove you control the common name and each SAN on the order.

.. id

int

Domain ID of the domain in your account.

.. name

int

Name of the domain in your account.

.. dns_name

string

Common name or SAN on the order. To prove you control this domain, you must have an active validation for the domain associated with the domains[].name and domains[].id key/value pairs.

.. dcv_token

object

Object with details about the domain control validation (DCV) token for the domain. Not returned when using email as the DCV method.

Note: The dcv_token object is not returned for domains that will be validated under the scope of another domain on the order, for domains that already exist in your account, or for subdomains of existing domains. For example, if you request a certificate to secure the newly created domains example.com, www.example.com, and subdomain.example.com, the response only includes a dcv_token object for example.com. To get the DCV token for an existing domain, use the Domain info endpoint.

.. .. token

string

Random value used to prove control over the domain.

.. .. status

string

Status of the domain validation process.

.. .. expiration_date

string

Timestamp of when the token will expire.

Format: UTC timezone and ISO 8601 date

.. .. verification_value

string

Value for the DNS record target host field.

Only returned if the DCV method is dns-cname-token.

.. .. http_token_url

string

Filename and location for the .txt file.

Only returned if the DCV method is http-token.

requests

array

Contains information about the request.

.. id

int

Request ID.

.. status

string

Request status.

Possible values: pending, submitted, approved, rejected

certificate_id

int

Certificate ID. Returned if request status is approved.

certificate_chain

array

Ordered list of objects with information about each certificate in the certificate chain (for example, SSL certificate, intermediate CA certificate, and root certificate).

The first object in the array contains the end-entity certificate. The next objects contain the intermediate CA certificates. The final object contains the root certificate. Each certificate is signed by the certificate in the object that follows it. For example, the end-entity certificate is signed by the intermediate CA certificate.

Note: This endpoint only returns the certificate_chain array for TLS certificates that DigiCert issues immediately. To get the certificate chain after DigiCert issues a certificate, use the Certificate chain endpoint.

.. subject_common_name

string

Common name on the certificate.

.. pem

string

PEM-encoded certificate data.