Validation Procedures

Our validation procedures are strict because we want to protect your business as well as your customers. We will do everything within our power to verify that each certificate is issued only to those who have proven their identity.

Domain Validation

The first step in the validation process requires that we verify your control of all domain names in the certificate. VikingCloud™ offers several validation methods: email, DNS, and domain beacon. In general, email validation is the most convenient method.

Email Validation

VikingCloud can validate your domain(s) by sending an email message to the domains' administrators. If you choose this method, you select who receives the email from a set of email addresses that includes addresses listed in the domain's DNS SOA record. When the email is received, all the person who receives it must do is to click a link in the email. This opens a web page where the person clicks one button to validate the domain(s).

DNS Validation

VikingCloud can validate your domain(s) by providing you a unique code to place in your domains' DNS record. You enter the code as a TXT resource record, which is an informational type of DNS resource record. VikingCloud then checks your DNS record for the code, which will prove that the person who controls the DNS record for your domain(s) also authorized the certificate request.

Domain Beacon Validation

VikingCloud can validate your domain by providing you a file to place on your website. When VikingCloud retrieves this file from your website, it proves that the person who controls the content of your website also authorized the certificate request. Note: Wildcard domains can not be validated using this method.

After all of your domains have been validated, the next step begins.

Organization Validation

The organization validation step is where many certificates in validation spend most of their time. We try to make this step as easy as possible for you, but there are times where we may need additional help from you.

During the organization validation process, we will try to locate and verify your business in various databases. If your business is within the US & Canada, we will contact your Secretary of State or provincial authorities to verify the existence and validity of your business. If you are in country outside of the United States, we will attempt to access your data from our available databases.

In the event that we are unable to find your company information, or if your company information doesn't match the data on your CSR, we will ask you for documentation. We can accept almost any type of third-party verifiable documentation.

We can accept the following types of documentation:

  • Articles Of Incorporation (must include State officer seal)
  • Fictitious Name / Doing Business As Document
  • Business Licensing (state/city licensing, right to use tax permit)
  • Utility/Telephone Bills

We cannot accept the following types of documentation

  • Simple letters on corporate letterheads
  • Applications for documentation (such as IRS EIN applications)
  • Government documents without signatures/seals

If your business has no legal documentation, or you would like to use your own personal name on your digital certificate, we will need a copy of your driver's license, government-issued identification, or passport. Your personal name will appear on the digital certificate.

When your documentation is ready email the documents to us. Please note your domain name on your documentation so that we can match it quickly with your order.