How to Renew An SSL Certificate
The certificate expiration date is encoded in its body and cannot be changed. To extend the secure connection, it is necessary to replace the expiring certificate on hosting server by a new one with an extended validity period. For this, please follow the steps below:
- Purchase renewal SSL
- Activate renewal SSL
- Validate renewal SSL
- Install renewal SSL
Step 1: Purchase renewal SSL
The option to purchase an SSL renewal becomes available 30 days before its expiration. Renewal notifications are sent to the account email address 30, 15, 7 and 1 day prior to expiration date.
You can add renewal for your SSL to your cart right from one of the renewal emails or from your Namecheap account.
Click “Renew now” from email, you’ll be redirected to cart. Once you complete the purchase, activate SSL and install it.
Namecheap account panel
- Log in to your Namecheap account;
- Navigate to Expiring/Expired > Products in your Namecheap account. Then click the cart icon next to the certificate you want to renew. You will be redirected to cart.
Early SSL Renewal
Since January 2019, it is possible to renew SSL certificate during domain renewal earlier than 30 days before the SSL expiration (up to 15 months prior to the expiration date) if both services are purchased with Namecheap.
Note, that all the remaining days of the existing certificate will be added to the renewal one as usual.
For this, make sure you add the renewal certificate to the Shopping Cart along with the domain renewal. The certificate associated with this domain name will be given as a suggested item to renew.
Once the SSL renewal item is added to the order and purchased along with renewal domain, please proceed with the below steps getting it activated and installed.
Step 2: Activate renewal SSL
- Generate a new CSR code from your hosting control panel or contact your hosting provider for assistance.
- Go to the Domain List section. Choose All Products filter option.
- Type in the domain linked to the SSL certificate renewal into the search area.
- Click on the arrow next to the domain of the certificate. Locate the certificate that it displays the status 'NEWRENEWAL'. Click on the Activate button next to it:
You will get to the same activation flow as for the expiring SSL.
Note: If your domain is using Namecheap Stellar Hosting, you may activate your PositiveSSL and EssentialSSL certificates using our exclusive cPanel plugin as described here.
Step 3: Validate renewal SSL
Complete the DCV using the method you’ve chosen during activation:
- Email validation.
- HTTP validation.
- DNS-based validation.
If you’re renewing an OV or EV, certificate authority may request company re-validation, which requires paperwork.
Important for OV/EV owners:
To speed up OV/EV issuance, please make sure that legal company info you submit during activation is identical to public listings (DnB, Bloomberg, qualified governmental information sources).
Step 4: Install renewal SSL
To install your updated SSL certificate please refer to SSL installation guide or contact your hosting provider for assistance.