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Operational Existence

Comodo needs to verify your organization has been operational for three years

Operational Existence is a step in the Extended Validation process in which Comodo will attempt to verify that your organization has been operational for at least three years. Don't worry if your company is new and hasn't been around that long, you can still get your EV SSL certificate. We'll tell you how.

How do I satisfy Operational Existence?

If your company is well established this step is extremely simple. Comodo is going to check your local online government database. If your locality keeps good records and your company has been around that long, you'll be all set. If not, don't worry.

My company is not listed in my local database

Not a problem, Comodo will also accept any official registration documents that have been issued by your local government. This can be articles of incorporation, charter licenses or DBA statements. Any one of these, provided it's official, is fine. If you haven't been around for longer than three years, this option won't be much use either.

My company hasn't been around three years

This can be overcome. You have three options:

  • Dun & Bradstreet Credit Report - Dun & Bradstreet are a financial organization that issues credit reports for companies. A DUNS credit report will work no matter how long you've been operating.
  • Professional Opinion Letter - If you can get an accredited attorney or accountant to fill out and notarize a form stating that you are a legitimate business, Comodo will accept this as proof of operational existence.
  • Bank Confirmation Letter - No matter how long you've been operational, if you have an active checking account at an accredited bank just supply a letter verifying this information and you'll be all set.

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