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What Country, State and City should I choose when requesting an SSL certificate?

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I am really confused about the country, state and city I should select when submitting an SSL certificate. Should I provide the location of my servers or my current home address?
I can always reissue a certificate, but can this somehow cause problems in future?

This may sound as a trivial question but I couldn't find any info.

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You should provide the information of the company (postal address being the HQ's location) or your own information if you're an individual.

Truth is, for an automatically-issued DV (domain validation) certificate, nobody is going to check and all you really care for is that the CN (common name) matches the hostname of the server you're getting the certificate for.

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The required information are information about the owner of the domain and have nothing to do with the location of the server. This is similar to the registrant in DNS. This means if you own the domain as an individual there is no organization.


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What Country, State and City should I choose when requesting an SSL certificate?

up vote 14 down vote

I am really confused about the country, state and city I should select when submitting an SSL certificate. Should I provide the location of my servers or my current home address?
I can always reissue a certificate, but can this somehow cause problems in future?

This may sound as a trivial question but I couldn't find any info.


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You should provide the information of the company (postal address being the HQ's location) or your own information if you're an individual.

Truth is, for an automatically-issued DV (domain validation) certificate, nobody is going to check and all you really care for is that the CN (common name) matches the hostname of the server you're getting the certificate for.

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@Core_dumped changing it will require to revoke the current certificate and issue a new one. If your CA allows this for free (or you're okay with their fees), it's just a matter of creating a new CSR with the changed info and submitting it to the CA, and finally installing the new certificate on the server once you receive it. - Anonymous Jul 17 at 19:53

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