Identity Authentication for Individual Code Signing Certificate (IV)

The first requirement for all Individual Validated Code Signing Certificates is Identity Authentication. Here the CA will attempt to verify the identity of the individual applying for the certificate.

What is Identity Authentication?

To satisfy the Identity Authentication requirement, the CA will need to make sure that you are who you say you are. That means verifying the personal identity of the applicant. The applicant’s identity can be proven by completing a Notary ID form. This form must be notarized by a licensed Notary Public, or your country’s equivalent of a Notary Public. The CA will send you the ID form via email, or you can download it when you fill out the initial application.

In addition to the form, you will also need to send some additional documentation. The best way to explain this is by breaking it down by CA.

For Comodo:

In addition to a required form of Government-Issued Identification, you will also have to send in two forms of secondary evidence.

You may send in the following forms of Government-Issued ID:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • Personal ID Card
  • Military ID

In addition to the Government-Issued ID, Comodo also wants two forms of additional documentation. The first form is a financial document that contains your full name. This can be a:

  • Credit Card Statement
  • Debit Card Statement
  • Mortgage Statement
  • Bank Statement

Then Comodo also wants a form of non-financial documentation with your full name on it. Examples of this form of documentation include:

  • Utility Bill
  • Lease Agreement
  • Birth Certificate
  • Tax Bill

After providing the notarized ID form, plus a copy of your Government-Issued ID and two additional forms of documentation, you will have satisfied Comodo’s Individual Authentication requirements.

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