How an EV SSL Certificate Works? Highly secure browsers perceive whether an SSL Certificate has been authenticated on the basis of Extended Validation. If so, they show in the web address “https” and a closed lock as signs of an encrypted session. In addition, the address bar turns green. The name of the organization and the certification authority that authenticates the data will be displayed next to the address. In this way the user can see at a glance if a site meets the industry’s most stringent authentication standards. Who can buy an EV SSL Certificate? EV SSL Certificates involve the most rigorous application process of any SSL certificate. The Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum sets the standards. To qualify, an organization must be registered with an official registration authority within their jurisdiction. Corporations, partnerships, unincorporated companies, government agencies and sole proprietors can apply. The Certification Authority (such as VeriSign SSL Certificate, Thawte, GeoTrust, or RapidSSL) replies with full qualifying questions and instructions.