The InCommon Certificate Service issues unlimited Extended Validation (EV) SSL/TLS certificates at no additional cost to subscribers. Because EV certificates require additional levels of validation for the requesting organization, our partner Comodo must handle all of the paperwork as well as the validation process for EV certificates. Comodo has provided a background PDF about extended validation SSL.
An extended validation certificate is a X.509 public key infrastructure (PKI) digital certificate in which identifying information about the business entity holding the certificate for a web site or other server has been validated by the certificate authority (CA).
The CA uses a standardized set of requirements set out in the CA/Browser Forum Extended Validation Certificate Guidelines. These guidelines also set requirements for auditing, revocation and certificate content.
Extended validation certificates are generally considered to be high assurance certificates as that term is used within the PKI community.
EV certificates have higher validation requirements and are issued by Comodo under a separate Certification Authority (CA). Because of the formal requirements that all EV certificates must comply with, Comodo must manage the validation process with separate governing legal terms. For EV certificates, InCommon subscription covers the fees and the same Certificate management interface, while Comodo directly engages with the university on legal and validation terms.
Be sure to list all domains for which you intend to request EV certificates in both the Legal Opinion and the EV Certificate Request Form. Listing the parent domain will cover all sub-domains. For example, listing foo.edu is sufficient to cover web1.foo.edu, web2.foo.edu, etc.
Send via fax or email to Comodo:
Please note your order number on all three forms to speed the process with Comodo.
Comodo will verify the organization in one of two ways.
For private institutions, the official corporate records must be obtained or verified directly with the Registration Authority (generally the Secretary of State).
For government entities, legal existence can be verified by a verified legal opinion authored by an attorney representing the applicant, or a judge in the same political sub-division as the applicant. See the sample Legal Opinion Letter.
Please include the order number on the document, on a cover sheet, or in the accompanying email message. If, later, you need to add a domain not included in your original Legal Opinion Letter, you can re-use the letter (provided it is for the same organization), but please include the new order number.
If you have multiple domain names, list them all on this form. There are two different forms; choose the form that fits your situation:
You can use one Certificate Request Form for multiple orders submitted at the same time. Otherwise, each order requires its own Certificate Request Form.
If you need an EV certificate for a domain not included in your original application, you will need to submit a new Legal Opinion Letter and EV Certificate Request Form. See the information above for details on the Legal Opinion Letter and request form.
To request another EV Certificate for a domain already vetted, just send an EV Certificate Request form