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Difference between a Renewal and a Revoke & Replace (Reissue)

Solution ID : SO3103
Last Modified : 12/22/2023


When your current certificate is about to expire, a Renewal is required.  A Revoke & Replace (Reissue) is when you cancel a current, valid certificate and request a new one.



  • DigiCert certificates are valid for a defined period from the date of issue, after which time they expire and have to be renewed.
  • A renewal is required when your current, valid certificate is expiring in the near future. 
  • Before proceeding with the renewal, please refer to the Conditions for Renewal


Revoke & Replace (Reissue):

  • DigiCert provides the option to revoke & replace (reissue) for the entire validity of all SSL and Code Signing Certificates.
  • A Revoke & Replace (Reissue) will allow you to cancel a currently issued certificate and request a brand new certificate. 
  • Before proceeding with the revoke & replace (reissue), please refer to the Conditions for Reissue.
NOTEMulti-Year Plan certificates have to be reissued each time they reach the end of their validity period. For more information on how the certificate lifecycle period of 397 days impacts public  SSL/TLS certificates when reissued, please click here.