Is it possible to get the address of the business that a SSL certificate is registered to?

I know you can get the City and State directly from the certificate.

I ask because I'm thinking about getting an SSL certificate, but I only have my home address to use.

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    Purchasing an SSL certificate isn't limited to business entities. Anyone with the means to purchase one (whether it be a business or an individual) can purchase one, so I'm confused as to why your home address is relevant in this case.
    – joeqwerty
    Feb 20, 2012 at 19:51

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A basic SSL provides an encrypted connection only. I has no actual identity information. Network Solutions sells these as "Express" certificates. Most SSL provides have an equivalent. The name and address provided when purchasing are for billing purposes.

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    I wouldn't say that it has no identity information. It certainly contains city and state as well as organization.
    – MDMarra
    Feb 20, 2012 at 19:27
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    The express certs I have purchased DO NOT show city/state
    – Craig
    Feb 20, 2012 at 19:28
  • Can you provide a link to a site that has one installed?
    – MDMarra
    Feb 20, 2012 at 19:29
  • www.paydaytree.com
    – Craig
    Feb 20, 2012 at 19:30
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    Interesting to learn. Have an upvote. :)
    – MDMarra
    Feb 20, 2012 at 19:32

It's not a field that's required for the cert, and therefor is not included in the cert. Some are issued with City, State, and Organization, but address is never a requirement.

Any address info collected by a vendor for a standard SSL certificate should strictly be for billing and hopefully won't be made public. It certainly won't be included in the details of your cert.

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