Both code signing and document signing certificates have similar options when it comes to storage of the private keys and options for signing.
All code signing and document signing certificates have three options when it comes to enabling signing of a certificate: a Yubikey USB token, utilizing an external or cloud HSM or our convenient remote cloud signing service eSigner.
All signing certificates can be purchased with 1-3 year durations with discounts for longer durations as well as the convenience of only having to undergo a validation process once for longer duration certificates.
The guide below details how to order a code or document signing certificate and navigate these options.
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- Go to SSL.com. Click the Products tab on the menu and select the page for the signing certificate that you wish to order.
- Click the Buy Now! button.
- Choose the duration for your signing certificate by clicking the radio button beside your option. Take note that you will receive a discounted price for durations of multiple years. The longer the years, the bigger the discount.
- Click the drop-down arrow for the eSigner Tier section.
If you wish to enroll your certificate in SSL.com’s eSigner cloud signing service, choose the tier level and the setup (monthly or annual). If you do not wish to use the eSigner cloud code signing service, choose the None option. Take note that you always have the option to enroll in eSigner later on.
Each tier provides a certain number of included credentials which are pre-selected based on the selected tier. Extra credentials can be purchased at $20 per month. Pricing details can be found here.
The benefits of eSigner include the following:
- New certificates will receive 30-days free of eSigner cloud signing.
- A single signing certificate enrolled in eSigner can be shared by multiple users, each having unique credentials.
- Does not require external key storage methods
- Any unused signatures will roll over into the next month or year if there is an active certificate.
- Click the drop-down arrow under the Yubikey Quantity section.
If you want to have your signing certificate issued and delivered on a Yubikey FIPS token, choose how many Yubikey tokens you want to order. If you do not want to order a Yubikey USB token, click the option for zero (0).
Take note that multiple Yubikey USB tokens can be used with the same certificate identity and apply the same digital signature. This is a great option if more than one team member needs to sign with a physical token. The price includes shipping to the address of the validated entity, or an address listed in a qualified business information source.
- Processing and Delivery: Click the option you want for the processing/delivery of your certificate.Standard
Standard validation is completed in 3-5 days after all agreements and entity information has been submitted, are found to be compliant and a successful call back to a listed phone number has been completed. Standard shipping inside the continental US is 2-3 days. International shipping is tracked but the delivery timeline is subject to customs constraints and available local logistics.
With expedited delivery, the validation process is given 24-hour priority starting from point of complete material submission and successful call back. The token will then be shipped for overnight delivery in the continental US. Expedited service is priced at $499.
- Review your order summary.
The Order Summary section will highlight all the details you have selected for your certificate. After reviewing and confirming the details, click the Add to Cart button.
- Finalize your order.
Under the column for quantity, select how many certificates you want to order, that will have the same details you specified earlier. You can choose up to 100 orders. Afterwards, click the Checkout button.
- Enter your SSL.com account credentials.
a) If you do not yet have an SSL.com account, click the radio button beside: I do NOT but I want to create one. Next, fill out the required information for login credentials and payment method. If you choose Credit Card as your payment method, you will be required to provide billing information, and credit card information (card number, expiration date, and security code). Once finalized, click the Next >> button.
b) If you have an existing SSL.com account, click the radio button beside: I do and I want to log in now. Next, provide your username and password. Finally, click the Next >> button.
- Confirm payment.
You will be shown the current funds in your SSL.com account and the price for your total order. Click the Next >> button to confirm your payment.
- Order is now created!
Click the Orders tab on your SSL.com account, followed by the finish processing link to submit information and documents that are necessary for your certificate to be issued.
- Next Steps
Now that your order is created, you will now to submit information and documents that are necessary for your certificate to be issued. Please refer to this guide article for instructions: Validation Process for Document Signing, Code Signing, and EV Code Signing Certificates
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