Server certificates are the means by which your organization is recognized (authenticated) and authorized to conduct certain critical payment and information services via FedLine® Solutions and Check 21 Large File Delivery.
Server certificates expire every three years. Due to volume and limited available testing slots, your server certificates must be renewed, downloaded, installed and tested at least 90 days prior to their expiration dates in order to ensure your organization is able to continue transacting payments or accessing files with the Federal Reserve Banks without risk of service interruptions.
You will be notified approximately two months prior to your server certificate renewal deadline date to allow for your organization to plan accordingly. The amount of time it will take your organization to renew server certificates will largely depend on your organization’s set-up (see “I have multiple certificates…” question below).
Please reference the Steps to a Successful Renewal (PDF) guide for additional planning information. The Federal Reserve Banks encourage you to submit the correct certificate renewal form(s) and/or call the Customer Contact Center (CCC) at P: (888) 881-6700, option 2, as soon as possible to begin the process.
Upon receipt of a phone or email expiration notice, your organization must begin planning for your certificate renewal by calling the Customer Contact Center at P: (888) 881-6700, option 2, to schedule your server certificate test.
IMPORTANT: Testing slots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take immediate action to ensure that you are able to secure a testing slot and successfully test with the Federal Reserve Banks.
Review the online content and the certificate renewal documentation that was sent to your EUAC via email (if you need this documentation please contact your EUAC or call the Customer Contact Center at P: (888) 881-6700, option 2). Should you have any questions regarding any of this information, contact your FedLine Project Manager well in advance of your scheduled test. Additional preparation details can be found here.
Yes. Although you are only required to replace those certificates within your renewal deadline, you may choose to complete the renewal of additional server certificates at the same time. We recommend that you call the Customer Contact Center to identify and customize a certificate renewal plan that works best for your organization.
Yes. You must submit a request to delete the appropriate server certificate. This will ensure that your organization is not charged for a server certificate it is not using.
No. Your organization must complete its certificate renewal by the deadline provided to you.
As part of your compliance with Operating Circular 5 and the Certification Practice Statement, your organization is expected to implement steps to maintain procedures and knowledge which would prevent any service disruption. This includes access to middleware software administrators, maintaining backups of your server certificates, recording and tracking server certificate expiration dates. Additionally, your organization must maintain current server certificate support procedures including but not limited to procedures for downloading, installing, testing and pointing the middleware to a new certificate.
Review the Steps to a Successful Renewal (PDF) guide.
You should ensure that your organization has supported software versions installed and that you have support from staff members or your vendor with the knowledge to backup, download, install and point your middleware to a server certificate. Additional information on technical requirements can be found in the FedLine Direct® Security and Implementation Guide, FedLine Command® Security and Implementation Guide or the Check 21 Large File Delivery Implementation Guide. Contact the Customer Contact Center if you do not have the documents you need.