Conflicting notices of SSL certificate expiry, up for renewel


Hi there,

I received an email last month, and then again this month, to tell me that my certificate expires for a specific domain on a certain date (actually a few days from now). However, when I check my actual server and do some checks via SSH, it says that my certificate for that domain still has much longer before expiring.

Which is correct? Why would I get emails telling me different than my server?




Hi @AArkwell

it would be helpful if you would share your domain name.

The mail is created if you have a certificate with a set of domain names which isn’t renewed.

So: If you first create a certificate A with, later create a certificate B with + + and you use this certificate B:

So you don’t renew certificate A, because you don’t use it.

Then you get a mail that A expires. 20 days before and 10 days before.

So ignore the mail.


Ah gotcha, hmm.

The domain in question is

The email says the domain actually expires today: “Your certificate (or certificates) for the names listed below will expire in 10 days (on 18 Sep 18 20:27 +0000)…”

But then when I check my server with “sudo certbot certificates” I get: “Found the following certs:
Certificate Name:
Expiry Date: 2018-12-02 23:33:52+00:00 (VALID: 75 days)”

So, I’m not really sure!


There is a certificate with two names:


valid 2018-12-02.

But today;include_subdomains:false;;issuer_uid:4428624498008853827&lu=cert_search

ends a certificate with one name

So you don’t need and use this one-name-certificate, so you can ignore the mail.


OK thank you! I will use that site in the future to check.



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