|When you apply for Site Certificate from Thawte or Verisign they
will require prove of 'business' - either a copy of your business license or a listing
with Dun & Bradstreet.
They will verify
your business license against the Internic 'Who Is' records to ensure you have
authorization to use the www.yourdomainname.com.
During the process of 'applying' for your Site
Certificate a 'key' will need to be generated and provided by your ISP. This key
(aka CSR) is submitted to the authorizing authority (Verisign or Thawte) during the
Once all the records have been verified and the fees
submitted, a Site Certificate will generated for www.yourdomainname.com. The Site
Certificate is tied to the domain name and ISP webserver software. Verisign or Thawte will
notify the ISP that the process is complete and they may retrieve the second portion of
the 'key pair'. The ISP will install the remaining piece and the Secure Socket Layer
(SSL) can become active.
*If you decide to more your site in the future and
the ISP you are moving to uses the same type of 'webserver' software you can request
your Site Certificate to be exported so it can be installed on the ISP server.