Getting rate limits but create only three cert at week

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My domain is:
I ran this command:
certbot-auto certonly --agree-tos --webroot --webroot-path ‘/tmp/’ --force-renewal --non-interactive -d
It produced this output:
An unexpected error occurred:
There were too many requests of a given type :: Error creating new cert :: too many certificates already issued for:
My web server is (include version):
The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):
My hosting provider, if applicable, is:
I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know):
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Hi @scorpius626 - You say in the thread title that you're only getting three certificates a week, but I see many more in the Certificate Transparency logs.

Have you reviewed the rate limit documentation? The section that covers your case is:

The main limit is Certificates per Registered Domain, (20 per week). A registered domain is, generally speaking, the part of the domain you purchased from your domain name registrar. For instance, in the name, the registered domain is In, the registered domain is We use the Public Suffix List to calculate the registered domain.

It appears that some of those must be renewals, based on the number issued in one day. Scorpius, please note that renewals, while exempted from the rate limit, still count against it. As such, you’ll want to perform any new issuances before performing renewals. This takes some careful planning, and I know Let’s Encrypt is working on making this more pleasant, but that’s where it stands now.


Well this is weird:
are all empty!

[EDIT] TYPO in the original post.

You are right, all these certificates were created with renew, so I need to more carefully choose the day when to update the certificates, thank you

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