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One of the very first checks for Extended Validation is the Enrolment Form. You simply complete the form and return it to the Certificate Authority. The form is a single page, requiring only basic information about you, your organisation and, sometimes, a contact in HR that can verify your employment with the company you’re applying for.

What is an Organisational Contact?

Throughout the Extended Validation process, you – the individual applying for the certificate – will be known as the Organisational Contact. That just means that you are the point of contact for your company.

The enrolment form is the first check that needs to be met in the EV process. The idea behind it is to verify that you, the Organisational Contact, have the right to act on your organisation’s behalf in the first place.

An employee in good standing has nothing to worry about. This check is meant to weed out someone impersonating an employee, looking to commit an act of fraud by getting a certificate for an imposter website. Nobody wants this to happen, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to verify that you’re authorised to be applying for this SSL certificate in the first place.

What Information Does the Enrolment Form Ask For?

The Enrolment form, sometimes known as the Acknowledgement of Agreement, focuses on getting information about the Organisational Contact. It asks for the organisation’s name, the full name of the Organisational Contact, the Organisational Contact’s official title, the Organisational Contact’s signature and the date and place of signing.

Unfortunately, digital signatures or stamped signatures are not accepted, so you’ll have to print the form out, sign it and then either scan it or fax it back to the CA. You could also mail it. But keep in mind, this will delay issuance.


Author: Paul Baka
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