Error creating new order :: too many certificates already issued for exact set of domains

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My domain is:

I ran this command:
certbot --apache certonly -d

It produced this output:
An unexpected error occurred:
There were too many requests of a given type :: Error creating new order :: too many certificates already issued for exact set of domains: see

My web server is (include version):
apache 2.4

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):

My hosting provider, if applicable, is:
amazon lightsail

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know):

I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel):
The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you’re using Certbot):
certbot 1.6.0

I need some help with rate limits.

Can I know the next certificate creation date?

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One week from the first one. You’ve created five identical certificates. Why not use one of them, rather than creating a new one?


Thank you for your answer.
By deleting an Amazon instance, previous certificates were deleted.
Can I get certified in a week?

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The rate limit you hit is the one for identical certificates, which is not more than five per week, and the “week” is a rolling seven-day period. So you can next issue a cert for the same domain a week from the first of those five.

What’s strange is that according to, there’s only been one certificate issued. But in any event, you should be able to issue another cert in a week.


I’ll try it in a week.


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