How to Reissue Your SSL Certificate on SSLRenewals.com

Re-issue Reasons

Over the course of your SSL certificate's lifespan, it may be necessary for you to reissue it at some point. This can happen for a number of reasons:

  • Your private key has been compromised
  • You are adding/removing SAN's
  • Industry updates
  • Changing hashing algorithms
  • Moving servers

The good news is that, outside of time, it probably won’t cost you anything—most SSL certificates come with unlimited free reissuances for their entire lifespan. Below you will find instructions on how to reissue your active certificate(s) from your SSL providers control panel.

1. Generate CSR

Before you re-issue your SSL Certificate, make sure that you have the appropriate CSR. For that, you may use either one of the following:

  • Original CSR– this is the old CSR you used to issue the certificate previously (note: only do this if you still have access to the Private Key that was generated with that CSR). 
  • New CSR– create a new CSR using either an online tool or directly from your webserver (recommended – you can find instructions on how to generate a new CSR on your server here).

Note: If you generate a new CSR, make sure you save your Private key in a safe place. You will need it to install the re-validated certificate later.

2. Login at SSLRenewals.com

Click the Log In button on the top right and enter your e-mail address and password.

3. Locate Order

Select My Orders in the left-nav bar of the Dashboard.

4. View Order Details

Locate the order for the certificate you would like to re-issue, and click the order number to view the detail.

5. Re-Issue Certificate

Scroll to the bottom of your order page and select Re-issue Certificate.

6. Follow the Certificate Generation Link

7. Specify Order Type

When re-issuing your certificate, just select “New.”

8. DCV Method

Select the appropriate method to verify domain control. Please note, this does not apply to Symantec, GeoTrust, or Thawte OV/EV SSL certificates. Here’s some additional details about each option:

E-mail Authentication – Selecting this option indicates that you will prove domain ownership via e-mail. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the following email addresses:

File Based Authentication – Selecting this option indicates that you will upload a .txt file based on the hash values of your CSR to the root folder of your website. The file will be provided to you once you submit the reissue and you will need to upload it to the following path:

  • https://><domain.com>/.well-known/pki-validation/<MD5hash>.txt

CNAME – Selecting this option indicates that you will create a DNS record to confirm domain control. The exact values to upload will be provided to you later in the generation process

9. Select Server Type

If you don’t know the kind of server the certificate will be installed on, just select Other.

10. Signature Algorithm

The Signature Algorithm dictates whether your certificate chain will be fully SHA2 (FULL SHA-2) or SHA-2 with a SHA-1 root (SHA-2). Since most devices have adopted SHA-2 encryption, either selection should work for you.

11. Enter CSR

Copy and paste your CSR into the area indicated.

12. Subscriber Agreement and Special instructions

Check the box to agree to the subscriber agreement.

*Special instructions are not necessary for re-issuing*

13. Verify CSR information

14. Enter in Admin and Technical Contact Details

The Admin contact will be contacted for verification for OV and EV orders. Both the Admin and Technical contact will receive copies of the certificate files once re-issued.

15. Submit Re-issue Request

Click the Submit button to complete the re-issue request.

16. Re-Validate

When you request a certificate to be re-issued, the issuing certificate authority must go through the validation process again. The good news is that they were already able to complete this process for your order previously, so re-validation typically goes very quickly and smoothly. However, if you are reissuing a type of certificate that requires a final verification call (OV or EV), the CA will need to perform that call again. Keep an ear out for that call, if you don’t receive it within 24 hours, contact support.

After you complete the validation process and have received the reissued SSL Certificate, you can proceed to installing the new certificate. You can find instructions on installing SSL on different servers on our Installation page.