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Maximum duration of SSL certificates from 3 to 2 years

Per March 1, 2018, the Baseline Requirements (BR) from the CA/Browser Forum limit the maximum validity of SSL certificates to 2 years. After this date QuoVadis can no longer issue SSL certificates that exceed this new maximum validity period. Therefore QuoVadis will no longer approve certificate requests with a duration longer than 2 years per February 16, 2018. The certificate policies will also be adjusted accordingly.


The reason for this shorter validity period is, among other things, the concern of the CA/B Forum on the integrity of the information that was the base for issuing the certificates originally. For Instance: the organisation name is in the certificate is the name of an organisation that is no longer active, but the certificate is still in use.

Certificate policies involved:

The certificates QuoVadis issue, to which this shorter validity period will apply, are for example: 

  • PKIoverheid Services Server certificaten 
  • QuoVadis Business SSL certificaten 
  • QuoVadis Wildcard SSL certificaten

The Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates already have a maximum validity of 2 years.

Transition period (16th of February – 1st of March 2018)

The maximum validity of the concerning policies will be changed in Trust/Link Enterprise (TLE) in the weeks before the 1st of March 2018.

Up to, and including, the 16th of February 2018 17:00 hours the certificate request based on ‘3 year certificate policies’ will be accepted and approved by the QuoVadis’ certificate administration. Hereafter the validity of certificate requests for ‘3 year SSL certificates’ will be brought back to 2 years, as a standard, before the request is approved.

Certificates already issued:

The 3 year SSL certificates issued before the 16th of February 2018 17:00 will not be limited or revoked and will be valid till their original end date.