In order to obtain an EV SSL certificate, an organization must provide its certificate authority (CA) with much more proof than that required for a standard certificate (which is usually as simple as verifying your WHOIS registration and doing a simple check that you have some piece of paper from the government with your business name on it). The CA/Browser Forum's EV Guidelines (pdf) specify that the CA must verify:
- The physical existence of the organization
- The legal existence of the organization
- The operational existence of the organization
- That the identity of the organization matches legal records
- That the organization has exclusive use of the domain name in the certificate subject
- That the organization authorized the issuance of the EV certificate
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