When you apply for or renew your SSL, several checks are performed by an external partner. They do the actual validation of your SSL certificate. This can sometimes take several days. During this validation, your SSL certificate is being processed. So you don’t have to worry.
Handling an SSL with domain validation
An SSL certificate with domain validation checks whether the linked domain name is effectively yours. That is what the DNS record is for.
By installing a DNS record on your domain name, you prove that you are the owner of the domain. The faster you install the DNS record, the faster your SSL will be processed.
Handling an SSL with organisation validation
This validation also checks that the domain name is effectively yours through a DNS record. But that is by no means all.
When processing an SSL with organisation validation, more checks are performed. For instance, your company details are checked in a public database such as the CBE. If these details are not up-to-date, your SSL may remain pending for longer.
So make sure that the data are always correctly completed. Make sure you or your contact person has left a phone number of your organisation. This way, the (telephone) validation will not be delayed.
Handling of an SSL with extended validation
With extended validation, in addition to all the checks of an organisation validation, documents are sent for you to sign. As long as you don’t return these, your SSL remains pending.