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Delegated DCV

Delegated DCV allows zones with partial DNS setups - meaning authoritative DNS is not provided by Cloudflare - to delegate the DCV process to Cloudflare.

DCV Delegation requires you to place a one-time record that allows Cloudflare to auto-renew all future certificate orders, so that there’s no manual intervention at the time of the renewal.

​​ Availability

Free Pro Business Enterprise


Included with Advanced Certificate Manager Included with Advanced Certificate Manager Included with Advanced Certificate Manager Included with Advanced Certificate Manager

​​ When to use

You should use Delegated DCV when all of the following conditions are true:

​​ Setup

To set up Delegated DCV:

  1. Order an advanced certificate for your zone. You can choose any Certificate validation method.
  2. On SSL/TLS > Edge Certificates, go to DCV Delegation for Partial Zones.
  3. Copy the hostname value.
  4. At your authoritative DNS provider, create a CNAME record: CNAME<COPIED_HOSTNAME>.

Once this is complete, Cloudflare will add TXT DCV tokens for every hostname on the Advanced certificate, as long as the zone is active on Cloudflare.

Because DCV happens regularly, do not remove this CNAME record at your authoritative DNS provider. Otherwise, Cloudflare will not be able to perform DCV on your behalf and your certificate will not be issued.

​​ Additional hostnames

If your certificate covers wildcard hostnames, any subdomains are covered by the single CNAME record added for your zone apex.

However, if your certificate covers subdomains specified by their name, you will need to add multiple CNAME records to your authoritative DNS provider.

For example, a certificate covering, *, and would require the following records. CNAME<COPIED_HOSTNAME>. CNAME<COPIED_HOSTNAME>.

​​ Moved domains

If you move your zone to another account, you will need to update the CNAME record at your authoritative DNS provider with a new hostname value.