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Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates

The extended validation (EV) SSL certificate requires an extended validation of the business. It validates domain ownership and organization information, plus the legal existence of the organization. It also validates that the organization is aware of the SSL certificate request and approves it.

The validation requires documentation to certify the company identity, plus a set of additional steps and checks:

  • Verifying the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity;
  • Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records;
  • Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV SSL certificate, and;
  • Verifying that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV SSL certificate.

EV SSL certificates are available for all types of businesses, including government entities, and both: incorporated and unincorporated businesses. A second set of guidelines, the EV SSL Certificate Guidelines, specify the criteria under which a CA needs to be successfully audited before issuing EV SSL Certificates. The audits are repeated yearly to ensure the integrity of the issuance process.

The order can take from a few days to a few weeks, due to the extended validation process.

The Extended Validation SSL Certificates are generally identified with a green address bar in the browser containing the company name.

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ProductValidationDeliveryEncryption StrengthSite SealWildcardAdd'l DomainsGreen AddressbarWarrantySecurity Scan
Comodo EV SGC CertificateExtended1-7 days128/256-bityesnowwwyes$250,000yes
Comodo EV SSL CertificateExtended1-7 days128/256-bityesnowwwyes$250,000yes
Comodo Multi-Domain EV SSLExtended1-7 days128/256-bitnono3yesn/ayes
Comodo Trial EV SSLExtended1-7 days128/256-bityesnowwwyes$250,000yes
GeoTrust True BusinessID SAN EVExtended2-10 days256-bityesno5yes$500,000no
GeoTrust True BusinessID with EVExtended2-10 days256-bityesnowwwno$500,000no
Symantec Secure Site EVExtended5 days40/256-bityesnowwwyes$1,500,000yes
Symantec Secure Site Pro EVExtended5 days128/256-bityesnowwwyes$1,500,000yes
Thawte Web Server SAN EV CertificateExtended2-10 days256-bityesnomax 20yes$750,000no

Product1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 YearsAdd'l Domains 
Comodo EV SGC Certificate$134.33$234.33Order Now
Comodo EV SSL Certificate$124.02$216.80Order Now
Comodo Multi-Domain EV SSL$206.49$361.13$71.44Order Now
Comodo Trial EV SSL$41.55Order Now
GeoTrust True BusinessID SAN EV$288.97$505.46$37.42Order Now
GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV$144.64$258.04Order Now
Symantec Secure Site EV$670.41$1,172.47$577.63Order Now
Symantec Secure Site Pro EV$979.69$1,713.71$876.60Order Now
Thawte Web Server SAN EV Certificate$152.89$267.32$139.48Order Now

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