IntroductionThis article covers the allowed validity periods for digital certificates issued by GlobalSign as governed by the Certificate Authority & Browser Forum (CA/B Forum).
Product Validity Periods
|PersonalSign 1||39 Months|
|PersonalSign 2||39 Months|
|PersonalSign 2 Pro||39 Months|
|PersonalSign 2 Department||39 Months|
|PersonalSign 3||39 Months|
|Adobe CDS||39 Months|
|Adobe AATL||39 Months|
|Code Signing||39 Months|
|EV Code Signing||39 Months|
Why can’t I order a 4 or 5 year SSL certificate?To maintain compliance with CA/B Forum baseline requirements, the maximum validity on SSL certificates will be limited to 39 months. This policy take effect on March 30, 2015.
What is the reason for this change?The Certificate Authority and Browser (CA/B) Forum sets baseline requirements and best practices for issuing trusted digital certificates. Baseline requirements 9.4 and 11.3 go into effect on April 1, 2015 placing a more strict validity period on digital certificates as well as the vetting documents used for verification.
9.4 Validity Period:
Related CA/B Forum Rules:
Certificates issued after the Effective Date MUST have a Validity Period no greater than 60 months.
Except as provided for below, Certificates issued after 1 April 2015 MUST have a Validity Period no greater than 39 months.
Beyond 1 April 2015, CAs MAY continue to issue Certificates with a Validity Period greater than 39 months but not greater than 60 months provided that the CA documents that the Certificate is for a system or software that:
- was in use prior to the Effective Date;
- is currently in use by either the Applicant or a substantial number of Relying Parties;
- fails to operate if the Validity Period is shorter than 60 months;
- does not contain known security risks to Relying Parties; and
- is difficult to patch or replace without substantial economic outlay.
11.3: Age of Certificate Data:
The CA SHALL NOT use any data or document to validate a certificate request if the data or document was obtained more than thirty-nine (39) months prior to the Certificates’ issuance.
Read the full text of CA/B Forum Baseline Requirements: