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DFN-PKI Grid User Certificate

DFN-PKI Grid User Certificate


The RWTH registration authority processes applications for DFN-PKI GRID server certificates.

  • The DFN-PKI Grid-Portal must be used to apply for new GRID certificates, block existing ones, or search for a GRID certificate.
  • The certificate application is submitted to and approved from the RWTH Registration Authority (RA).
  • The certificate is issued by DFN-PKI GRID and can be downloaded via a web browser after receiving an email notification.

A GRID user certificate is valid for 393 days.


Applying for a user certificate via the web form

  1. Open the DFN-PKI Grid-Portal and change the language to English at the top right if needed
  2. Select Request User Certificate
  3. Fill out the fields as follows:
  • Create certificate request
    • Name (CN): Complete first name(s) and surname as they are displayed in your identity document.
    • Email: Email address for which the certificate is to be issued.
    • Organisational unit (OU) (optional): The complete name of your department or organisational unit. (e.g. IT Center, Computer Science 12)
    • Namespace: This is already set.
  • Your data
    • Department (optional) The complete name of your department or organisational unit. (e.g. IT Center, Computer Science 12)
    • Revocation PIN: This PIN will be required to revoke or block certificates. Please keep this PIN safe.
  • Personal Note (optional): This note can be saved in the .json file that you create with your application.
  • You must agree to the regulations.
  • You must agree to the publication of the certificate.
  • You must confirm that you have read the information about how your data will be processed.
  1. Save the application file and set a password for it
  • The .json file and associated password must be stored securely. You will later need both to be able to generate your .p12 file.
  1. Print the PDF file
  • Please read the printed document, then fill in the date and sign it.
  • You must bring the completed document with you to the registration authority.
  1. Submit your application in person.

The DFN-PKI certification guidelines require that the identity of the person applying for a certificate is checked. Please use one of the possible methods for identity verification.

last changed on 03/20/2024

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