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DCV Methods

Before a certificate authority (CA) will issue a certificate for a domain, the requester must prove they have control over that domain. This process is known as domain control validation (DCV).

​​ Perform DCV

For details on each method available for DCV, refer to the following resources:

​​ Verify DCV status

To verify the DCV status of a certificate, either monitor the certificate’s status in the dashboard at SSL/TLS > Edge Certificates or use the Verification Status endpoint.

A status of active means that the certificate has been deployed to Cloudflare’s global network and will be served as soon as HTTP traffic is proxied to Cloudflare.

​​ Update DCV methods

You cannot update the DCV method for an active certificate. To update the DCV method for a subdomain, wait until the DCV expires and then change the DCV method.