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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 GeoTrust DV 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.

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

Example requests and responses

curl - X POST\ 'https://www.digicert.com/services/v2/order/certificate/ssl_dv_geotrust_flex'\ -
 	H 'Content-Type: application/json'\ -
 	H 'X-DC-DEVKEY: {{api_key}}'\ -
 	d '{
 "certificate": {
 	"common_name": "example.com",
 	"dns_names": [
 	"csr": "<csr>",
 	"signature_hash": "sha256",
 	"server_platform": {
 		"id": 2
 "custom_expiration_date": "",
 "comments": "Message for the approver.",
 "container": {
 	"id": 69748
 "custom_renewal_message": "Renew me.",
 "skip_approval": true,
 "disable_ct": 0,
 "order_validity": {
 	"years": 1
 "custom_fields": [{
 	"metadata_id": 12,
 	"value": "Invoice #12345"
 "payment_method": "balance",
 "dcv_method": "email",
 "dcv_emails": [{
 		"dns_name": "example.com",
 		"email_domain": "example.com",
 		"email": "admin@example.com"
 		"dns_name": "sub.example.com",
 		"email_domain": "example.com",
 		"email": "jim.smith@example.com"
 		"dns_name": "log.example.com",
 		"email_domain": "example.com",
 		"email": "it@example.com"
 "locale": "en",
 "technical_contact": {
 	"first_name": "Jim",
 	"last_name": "Smith",
 	"telephone": "555-555-5555",
 	"job_title": "IT Admin",
 	"email": "jim.smith@example.com"
import requests

url = "https://www.digicert.com/services/v2/order/certificate/ssl_dv_geotrust_flex"

payload = "{\n    \"certificate\": {\n        \"common_name\": \"example.com\",\n        \"dns_names\": [\n        \t\"sub.example.com\",\n        \t\"log.example.com\"\n        ],\n        \"csr\": \"<csr>\",\n    \"signature_hash\": \"<sha256>\",\n    \"server_platform\": {\n            \"id\": 2\n        }\n    },\n    \"custom_expiration_date\": \"\",\n    \"comments\": \"Message for the approver.\",\n    \"container\": {\n        \"id\": 69748\n    },\n    \"custom_renewal_message\": \"Renew me.\",\n    \"skip_approval\": true,\n    \"disable_ct\": 0,\n    \"order_validity\": {\n            \"years\": 1\n        },\n    \"custom_fields\": [\n        {\n            \"metadata_id\": 12,\n            \"value\": \"Invoice #12345\"\n        }\n    ],\n    \"payment_method\": \"balance\",\n    \"dcv_method\": \"email\",\n    \"dcv_emails\": [\n    \t{\n    \t\t\"dns_name\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email_domain\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email\": \"admin@example.com\"\n    \t},\n    \t{\n    \t\t\"dns_name\": \"sub.example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email_domain\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email\": \"jim.smith@example.com\"\n    \t},\n    \t{\n    \t\t\"dns_name\": \"log.example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email_domain\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email\": \"it@example.com\"\n    \t}\n    ],\n    \"locale\": \"en\",\n    \"technical_contact\": {\n        \"first_name\": \"Jim\",\n        \"last_name\": \"Smith\",\n        \"telephone\": \"555-555-5555\",\n        \"job_title\": \"IT Admin\",\n        \"email\": \"jim.smith@example.com\"\n    }\n}"
headers = {
    'X-DC-DEVKEY': "{{api_key}}",
    'Content-Type': "application/json"

response = requests.request("POST", url, data=payload, headers=headers)

package main

import (

func main() {

	url := "https://www.digicert.com/services/v2/order/certificate/ssl_dv_geotrust_flex"

	payload := strings.NewReader("{\n    \"certificate\": {\n        \"common_name\": \"example.com\",\n        \"dns_names\": [\n        \t\"sub.example.com\",\n        \t\"log.example.com\"\n        ],\n        \"csr\": \"<csr>\",\n        \"signature_hash\": \"<sha256>\",\n        \"server_platform\": {\n            \"id\": 2\n        }\n    },\n    \"custom_expiration_date\": \"\",\n    \"comments\": \"Message for the approver.\",\n    \"container\": {\n        \"id\": 69748\n    },\n    \"custom_renewal_message\": \"Renew me.\",\n    \"skip_approval\": true,\n    \"disable_ct\": 0,\n    \"order_validity\": {\n            \"years\": 1\n        },\n    \"custom_fields\": [\n        {\n            \"metadata_id\": 12,\n            \"value\": \"Invoice #12345\"\n        }\n    ],\n    \"payment_method\": \"balance\",\n    \"dcv_method\": \"email\",\n    \"dcv_emails\": [\n    \t{\n    \t\t\"dns_name\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email_domain\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email\": \"admin@example.com\"\n    \t},\n    \t{\n    \t\t\"dns_name\": \"sub.example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email_domain\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email\": \"jim.smith@example.com\"\n    \t},\n    \t{\n    \t\t\"dns_name\": \"log.example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email_domain\": \"example.com\",\n    \t\t\"email\": \"it@example.com\"\n    \t}\n    ],\n    \"locale\": \"en\",\n    \"technical_contact\": {\n        \"first_name\": \"Jim\",\n        \"last_name\": \"Smith\",\n        \"telephone\": \"555-555-5555\",\n        \"job_title\": \"IT Admin\",\n        \"email\": \"jim.smith@example.com\"\n    }\n}")

	req, _ := http.NewRequest("POST", url, payload)

	req.Header.Add("X-DC-DEVKEY", "{{api_key}}")
	req.Header.Add("Content-Type", "application/json")

	res, _ := http.DefaultClient.Do(req)

	defer res.Body.Close()
	body, _ := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)


var request = require("request");

var options = { method: 'POST',
  url: 'https://www.digicert.com/services/v2/order/certificate/ssl_dv_geotrust_flex',
   { 'Content-Type': 'application/json',
     'X-DC-DEVKEY': '{{api_key}}' },
   { certificate: 
      { common_name: 'example.com',
        dns_names: [ 'sub.example.com', 'log.example.com' ],
        csr: '<csr>',
        signature_hash: '<sha256>',
        server_platform: { id: 2 } },
     custom_expiration_date: '',
     comments: 'Message for the approver.',
     container: { id: 69748 },
     custom_renewal_message: 'Renew me.',
     skip_approval: true,
     disable_ct: 0,
     order_validity: { years: 1 },
     custom_fields: [ { metadata_id: 12, value: 'Invoice #12345' } ],
     payment_method: 'balance',
     dcv_method: 'email',
      [ { dns_name: 'example.com',
          email_domain: 'example.com',
          email: 'admin@example.com' },
        { dns_name: 'sub.example.com',
          email_domain: 'example.com',
          email: 'jim.smith@example.com' },
        { dns_name: 'log.example.com',
          email_domain: 'example.com',
          email: 'it@example.com' } ],
     locale: 'en',
      { first_name: 'Jim',
        last_name: 'Smith',
        telephone: '555-555-5555',
        job_title: 'IT Admin',
        email: 'jim.smith@example.com' } },
  json: true };

request(options, function (error, response, body) {
  if (error) throw new Error(error);

201 (skip approval, email DCV)
  "id": 6484932,
  "certificate_id": 6079436
201 (skip approval, dns-txt-token/http-token DCV)
  "id": 6484932,
  "certificate_id": 6079436,
  "dcv_random_value": {{dcv_token}}
201 (one step approval)
  "id": 144457158,
  "requests": [
      "id": 11963731,
      "status": "pending"
201 (two step approval)
  "id": 144457159,
  "requests": [
      "id": 11963732,
      "status": "submitted"
201 (auto approve, dns-txt-token/http-token DCV)
  "id": 144457160,
  "requests": [
      "id": 11963733,
      "status": "approved"
  "certificate_id": 145451220,
  "dcv_random_value": {{dcv_token}}
201 (auto approve, email DCV)
  "id": 144457162,
  "requests": [
      "id": 11963735,
      "status": "approved"
  "certificate_id": 145451222

Request parameters

For information about allowed values for certificate fields, see Public 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 and certificate.dns_names.
.. signature_hash required string Hash algorithm used to signing the certificate.
Allowed values: sha256
.. 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 the first certificate issued for this order. Cannot exceed order validity period.

If not provided, 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 value1
.. .. days optional int Number of days the certificate is valid after it is issued.
Overrides cert_validity.years.
.. .. custom_expiration_date optional string A custom expiration date for the certificate.
Overrides cert_validity.days and cert_validity.years.
Formatdd MMM YYYY (for example, "09 JUN 2021")
Range: Must be within 397 days of the date you request the certificate.
.. 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. For more information, see ICA certificate chain option.
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.
.. days optional int Number of days the order is valid.
Overrides order_validity.years.
.. custom_expiration_date optional string Custom expiration date for the order.
Overrides order_validity.days and order_validity.years.
Formatdd 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
validity_days optional int Number of days 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.
Overrides validity_years.
Max: 2190
custom_expiration_date optional string Custom expiration date for the order.
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.
Overrides validity_days and validity_years.
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) or 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.).
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 Specify the payment method to use.
Allowed values: balancecardprofile
Default: balance
dcv_method optional string DCV method to use when verifying domain control.
See Glossary – DCV methods.
dcv_emails optional array List specifying the email scope when sending DCV emails.
You can add an entry for each DNS name being secured by the certificate.
.. dns_name required string DNS name on the certificate that this scope should apply to.
.. email_domain required string WHOIS domain record to use to verify email addresses.
This value must match the dns_names base domain.
.. email optional string Email address to use when sending DCV emails.
This email address must appear on the WHOIS record for the domain specified in the email_domain parameter.
locale optional string Language that the DCV email should use.
See Glossary – Locale codes.
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
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.
technical_contact optional object Technical contact details.
.. first_name required string First name of the technical contact.
.. last_name required string Last name of the technical contact.
.. telephone required string Telephone number of the technical contact.
.. job_title optional string Job title of the technical contact.
.. email required string Email address of the technical contact.
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.
use_auth_key optional bool Whether to check the DNS records for an AuthKey request token when you submit the order request. For information about using an AuthKey for immediate DV certificate issuance, see DV certificate immediate issuance.
Default: true if an AuthKey exists for the account. Otherwise, false.
Note: This parameter is ignored in requests for Encryption Everywhere DV certificates. All requests for Encryption Everywhere DV certificates require an AuthKey request token for DCV checks.

Response parameters

Name Type Description
id int Order ID.
certificate_id int Certificate ID.
dcv_random_value string Random value used for domain control validation.
Only returned when using dns-txt-token or http-token as the DCV method.
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.
requests array Contains information about the request.
.. id int Request ID.
.. status string Request status.
Possible values: pending, submitted, approved, rejected