Digicert to Deprecate the OU Field

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Why is the OU field being removed?

Oftentimes confusing, the OU field is intended to keep the information about Organizational Unit that the certificate is issued for. This field is mostly optional and there is no generally accepted validation rules for it.

To reduce confusion around this field and improve validation times, Digicert is going to remove it from future ordering processes.

How does this affect me?

As a customer of Digicert you’ll notice the following changes:

  • Soon the OU field will no longer appear in order forms, will be ignored in API requests, and will be removed in all new, renewed, and reissued public TLS certificates;
  • This change will not affect previously issued certificates with a valid OU field;
  • This does not affect private TLS certificates or other types of non-TLS certificates.

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