How to buy a Thawte Certificate

Solution ID:    SO4555    Updated:    11/19/2014


To buy a Microsoft® Authenticode® (Multi-Purpose) or Microsoft® Office and VBA Certificate, please refer to the following solution:  SO2365 
NOTE:  Thawte is now able to provide SSL certificates to customers using Internationalized Domain Names. Internationalized Domain Names are web addresses (domain names) written in languages that contain characters not supported by the English alphabet. An example of an IDN domain name would be /例子.测试. For more information on IDN please see the following link:
To buy a Thawte SSL Certificate or 128 Bit SuperCert, follow the instructions listed below: 
STEP 1: Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on your web server 
STEP 2: Enroll - To enroll for any of Thawte’s SSL Certificate services, you will need the following information:
  • The length of time for the certificate
  • The number of servers hosting a single domain (up to 5 servers)
  • The server platform
  • The Organization, Organizational Unit, Locality/City, State and Country
  • Payment information and a contact for invoicing
  • The common name. This is the host + domain name such as “www.mydomain” or “”
  • An email address where Thawte can reach you to validate the information.
  • A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) generated from the server you need to secure.

STEP 3: Authentication and Verification
This requires that Thawte can establish that your organization is legitimate, and is registered with the proper government authorities. Verification is the process of confirming that:
  • The Organization is still in business
  • The Organization owns/has rights to use the domain name listed in the common name field of the Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
  • The Corporate Contact works for the organization listed in the distinguished name (SSL Web Server Certificates only)
  • The Corporate Contact is aware of the certificate request (SSL Web Server Certificates only)
  • The Technical Contact listed is authorized to receive the Digital ID (SSL Web Server Certificates only)

STEP 4: Install and enable your certificate
Once the certificate has been downloaded it has to be installed on the web server and enabled. The certificate is also downloaded from the Status page at the following link:  
Instructions on how to install a SSL Web Server Certificate on the most popular web servers can be found in the following solution: SO1498   
For instructions on how to add the Thawte Authentic Site Seal to your website, please see the following solution:  SO5497


To request a certificate and open a Thawte Certificate Center (TCC)  account, these direct linnks can be used:
For SSL Web Server type certificate:

For Code Signing type certificates:


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