Order SSL (type_hint)


This endpoint automatically determines the appropriate SSL product for the request based on the submitted data. If a product cannot be determined, a 400 ambiguous_product error is returned.

Use this endpoint to submit a certificate request using the product type_hint.

curl -X POST \
  https://www.digicert.com/services/v2/order/certificate/ssl \
  -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
  -H 'X-DC-DEVKEY: {{api_key}}' \
  -d '{
  "certificate": {
    "common_name": "example.com",
    "dns_names": [
    "csr": "<csr>",
    "signature_hash": "sha256",
    "organization_units": [
      "Not Fake Company Inc."
    "organization": {
      "id": 112233
    "server_platform": {
      "id": 2
  "validity_years": 1,
  "comments": "Example certificate for API documentation.",
  "container": {
    "id": 11
  "product": {
    "type_hint": "ov"
  "auto_renew": 1,
  "disable_renewal_notifications": false,
  "additional_emails": [
  "disable_ct": false,
  "skip_approval": true,
  "organization": {
    "id": 112233
import requests

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

payload = "{\n  \"certificate\": {\n    \"common_name\": \"example.com\",\n    \"dns_names\": [\n      \"example2.com\",\n      \"example3.com\"\n    ],\n    \"csr\": \"<csr>\",\n    \"signature_hash\": \"sha256\",\n    \"organization_units\": [\n      \"Not Fake Company Inc.\"\n    ],\n    \"organization\": {\n      \"id\": 112233\n    },\n    \"server_platform\": {\n      \"id\": 2\n    }\n  },\n  \"validity_years\": 1,\n  \"comments\": \"Example certificate for API documentation.\",\n  \"container\": {\n    \"id\": 11\n  },\n  \"product\": {\n    \"type_hint\": \"ov\"\n  },\n  \"auto_renew\": 1,\n  \"disable_renewal_notifications\": false,\n  \"additional_emails\": [\n    \"john.smith@digicert.com\"\n  ],\n  \"disable_ct\": false,\n  \"skip_approval\": true,\n  \"organization\": {\n    \"id\": 112233\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"

	payload := strings.NewReader("{\n  \"certificate\": {\n    \"common_name\": \"example.com\",\n    \"dns_names\": [\n      \"example2.com\",\n      \"example3.com\"\n    ],\n    \"csr\": \"<csr>\",\n    \"signature_hash\": \"sha256\",\n    \"organization_units\": [\n      \"Not Fake Company Inc.\"\n    ],\n    \"organization\": {\n      \"id\": 112233\n    },\n    \"server_platform\": {\n      \"id\": 2\n    }\n  },\n  \"validity_years\": 1,\n  \"comments\": \"Example certificate for API documentation.\",\n  \"container\": {\n    \"id\": 11\n  },\n  \"product\": {\n    \"type_hint\": \"ov\"\n  },\n  \"auto_renew\": 1,\n  \"disable_renewal_notifications\": false,\n  \"additional_emails\": [\n    \"john.smith@digicert.com\"\n  ],\n  \"disable_ct\": false,\n  \"skip_approval\": true,\n  \"organization\": {\n    \"id\": 112233\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',
   { 'Content-Type': 'application/json',
     'X-DC-DEVKEY': '{{api_key}}' },
   { certificate: 
      { common_name: 'example.com',
        dns_names: [ 'example2.com', 'example3.com' ],
        csr: '<csr>',
        signature_hash: 'sha256',
        organization_units: [ 'Not Fake Company Inc.' ],
        organization: { id: 112233 },
        server_platform: { id: 2 } },
     validity_years: 1,
     comments: 'Example certificate for API documentation.',
     container: { id: 11 },
     product: { type_hint: 'ov' },
     auto_renew: 1,
     disable_renewal_notifications: false,
     additional_emails: [ 'john.smith@digicert.com' ],
     disable_ct: false,
     skip_approval: true,
     organization: { id: 112233 } },
  json: true };

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

201 Created (one-step approval)
    "id": 112233,
    "requests": [
            "id": 113,
            "status": "pending"
201 Created (two-step approval)
    "id": 112233,
    "requests": [
            "id": 113,
            "status": "submitted"
201 Created (auto approval)
    "id": 112233,
    "requests": [
            "id": 113,
            "status": "approved"
    "certificate_id": 113

Request parameters

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
.. 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).
*See Glossary – CSR requirements
.. signature_hash required string Hash algorithm used to sign the certificate.
Code signing certificates support only SHA-256.
.. ca_cert_id required* string ID of the CA certificate that should sign the certificate.
*Only required if type_hint is private.
.. organization_units optional array Department in your organization the certificate is for.
.. server_platform optional object Server platform type.
Required for code signing certificate orders.
Default: -1 (other)
.. .. id required int Server platform ID.
See Glossary – Server platforms
renewed_thumbprint optional string If order is a renewal, enter the SHA-1 thumbprint of the previous order's primary certificate.
validity_years required int Number of years the certificate is valid.
Can be replaced by validity_days or custom_expiration_date.
Allowed values: 1, 2
validity_days optional int Number of days the certificate is valid after it is issued.
Overrides validity_years
custom_expiration_date optional string Custom expiration date for the certificate. Date must be less than 825 days in the future.
Overrides validity_days and validity_years
Format: yyyy-MM-dd
comments optional string Comments about the order for the approver.
product optional object
.. type_hint optional string Specify the product type being passed.
Allowed values: ov, ev, grid, private
auto_renew optional int Specify if the certificate should automatically renew.
Default: 0
Allowed values: 0 (disabled), 1 (enabled)
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.
dcv_method required 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 Container for organization details.
.. id required int ID of the organization to associate with the order.
container optional object If needed, specify the container the order should be placed under.
.. id required int Container ID.

Response parameters

Name Type Description
id int Order ID.
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.