The Steps for Issuing an End Entity Certificate

Proof of Identity – When the end user first applies for the certificate, in most cases they must prove their identity. The information or documents required to provide ‘proof of identity’ are decided by the issuing authority and may include official papers and/or other documents. The precise requirement will be clearly identified in the CP.

Application Form - An application form must be completed.

Data Check – Once the end user’s application form details are received, the Registration Authority [RA] cross checks or validates the data for accuracy and authenticity.

Approval/Rejection – The RA either approves or rejects the application.

Notification – End user is notified that their certificate is available for collection or it is sent out automatically.

Collection – The end user receives the certificate and can use this to prove their identity.

Renewal – All certificates are renewed at fixed intervals, usually each year or every second year.

The Steps for Re-Issuing or Replacing an End Entity Certificate

Proof of Identity – When the end user first applies for a certificate, the information or documents required to provide ‘proof of identity’ are decided in the CP.

Application Form - An online application form must be completed.

Data Check – Once the end user’s application form details are received, the Registration Authority [RA] cross checks or validates the data for accuracy and authenticity.

Approval/Rejection – The RA either approves or rejects the application using the online RA Control Centre.

Notification – End user is notified that their certificate is available for collection as the final part of the Process or it is simply sent out automatically in a Package.

Collection – The end user receives the certificate and can use this to prove their identity.

Renewal – All certificates are renewed at fixed intervals, usually each year or every second year.

Typically the renewal process is simply a case of presenting the previous certificate and a new one is issued to replace it.