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This process determines whether there is a reasonable ownership connection between the organization listed in WhoIs and the organization requesting the domain for certificate issuance. Because the Certificate Service is available only to U.S. higher education institutions, an insufficient connection will result in rejected domains. This determination is made at the sole discretion of InCommon. Here is a guide that InCommon uses for permitted non-Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) entries.

titleNote about how to submit your base domains

NOTE: You should be sure to not only submit your base domain (e.g., but you should also submit the wildcard of your base domain (e.g. * This will enable you to do DCV once and have all of your sub-domains covered (,, etc), rather than having to complete DCV separately for each sub-domain.

Steps for Domain Control Validation (DCV)