Increate certificate issue rate limit?

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My domain is:

I ran this command:
begin certbot challenges
It produced this output:
TASK [begin certbot challenges] ************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
fatal: []: FAILED! => changed=false
msg: 'Error new order: CODE: 429 RESULT: {''type'': ''urn:ietf:params:acme:error:rateLimited'', ''detail'': ''Error creating new order :: too many certificates already issued for exact set of domains:, see'', ''status'': 429}'
other: {}
My web server is (include version):
Server version: Apache/2.4.41 (Ubuntu)
Server built: 2020-08-12T19:46:17
The operating system my web server runs on is (include version):
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
Release: 20.04
Codename: focal
My hosting provider, if applicable, is:
digital ocean
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 0.40.0

Really I just wanted to ask if there is any way the Cert issue rate limit could be lifted for one more call so I can issue a valid cert for this site. I have everything working and stupidly assumed that it was idempotent when running with a valid vert installed. I wanted to make the code a little better and deleted the cert files assuming it would just install a new cert as I had removed the keys.

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Welcome to the Let's Encrypt Community, Richard :slightly_smiling_face:

Glad you got everything working.

When testing, you want to use --dry-run to use the staging environment. Please add to your list of domains and try again. You can remove the alt before your next renewal.

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Thanks so much Griffin, that sorted it. I have to say lets encrypt is such a fantastic tool!


We aim to please. :slightly_smiling_face:

By the way, you can always view your existing certificates at if you want to know what you have generated. The certificates show in pairs: actual certificate then precertificate.

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That’s super helpful, thanks!

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