Can I get an OV/EV certificate if I apply as an individual and don’t have a registered organization?

An Organization Validation Certificate can be the best choice in case you want/need to have your Organization/Company name visible for your customers, it will be available on the Site Seals that will be issued along with the Certificate. Unlike Extended Validation Certifcates, this type of Certificates is easy to get validated in case you do not have a registered company.

According to Comodo Certificate Authority’s policy if you apply as an Individual, the next documents MUST be sent in a full volume:

  • A. Copy of a valid driver's license or passport of the Applicant
  • B. Copy of a recent major utility bill (i.e. power bill, water bill, etc.) or bank statement of the Applicant

Note, if the Driver’s License and Passport are not listing any address details or those details do not match the account, then Comodo Validation Team requires one of the documents under point A and 2 documents from B.

Note, recent=dated within the last 6 months.

After the documents verification step you will need to pass through a regular validation process for Comodo OV Certificates:

  • Whois Verification (Registrant company name and address)
  • DCV (Domain Control Validation)
  • Callback to a Verified Telephone Number (to verify an applicant)

Note, the Data Universal Numbering System, abbreviated as DUNS or D-U-N-S, is a proprietary system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet that assigns a unique numeric identifier, referred to as a "DUNS number" to a single business entity.

Once the OV SSL certificate is installed on the hosting server for the website, the "Full Name of the Individual" will be displayed on the Trust Logo and in the certificate details.

Extended Validation SSL Certificates cannot be issued to individuals, the only exception is possible if you are a Sole Proprietor or have a small business.

In this case for Comodo EV SSL Certificates you need to follow this link.

It describes the process of personal verification, which needs to be performed in order to validate a non-incorporated business entity for an EV Certificate. Both the Assumed/Trade Name and the Sole Proprietor/Business Owner name verification are required.

The EV SSL certificate will show "Assumed/Trade Name(Full Name of the Sole Proprietor/Business Owner)" in the Green Bar, certificate details and on the Trust Logo once installed on the hosting server for the website.


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