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QuoVadis Secure E-Mail Certificates

The QuoVadis Secure E-Mail Certificate may be issued to persons allowing signing, encryption and authentication. Secure E-Mail Certificates may be used for legally binding signing of documents and data, as long as the parties have agreed and there is no qualified “in writing” requirement.

The Secure E-Mail Certificate is a Soft-Token Certificate (P12 file) and applicable only in conjunction with a locally installed E-Mail application.

Signing of PDF documents (including automatic recognition in Adobe) requires as device USB Token or Smartcard (possible only with the advanced personal certificate).   

The certificate may optionally show the name of the organisation (company, organisation, association etc.), the organisational unit, and/or function of the Certificate Holder.

Certificates are issued by QuoVadis Registration Authorities (RAs), which determine if the Applicant is a SuisseID customer, an individual or a company employee. The standard term of the certificate is 3 years.

The issuance of the certificate requires the following:

For SuisseID customers:

QuoVadis SuisseID customers can optionally receive a free Secure E-Mail Certificate (P12 Soft-Token) upon request. This certificate will be installed in the computer’s certificate store (and not on the SuisseID). The Secure E-Mail Certificate is not part of the SuisseID and is provided as a free additional service by QuoVadis. SuisseID customers order the Secure E-Mail Certificate on the QuoVadis Portal for Secure E-Mail Certificates.

For private individuals (excluding corporate details):

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Copy of passport or ID of the applicant
  • Confirmation of the application form and attached documents

For certificates with company registration or using corporate E-Mail addresses:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Copy of passport or ID of the applicant
  • Copy of passport or ID of the Authorising Person
  • Copy of current company registration document

Companies and organisations which apply for multiple certificates may use a simplified signup procedure:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Copy of current company registration document
  • Copy of passport or ID of the Authorising Person
  • Signed application list for companies/organisations
  • Copies of passports or IDs of Certificate Holders according to the application list for companies/organisations