The University of Texas at Austin

Digital Certificates


Digital certificates are offered to faculty and staff as a tool for signing and encrypting email and other important electronic documents. Because it offers the reliability of central management, you can be assured that certificates can be recovered and revoked in the event of loss or tampering. Two primary uses for certificates are to encrypt email and data files and to sign email. Future uses may include incorporation into certain business processes.

Digital certificates provide one measure in a suite of possible security solutions. Other options include Enterprise Whole Disk Encryption and central storage of data on a system that meets minimum security standards.

At this time, the service does not include certificates for a role; for example, you cannot get a certificate for the Manager of Infrastructure. The certificate would be issued to Joe Smith (who is the Manager of Infrastructure).

To obtain a digital certificate, please follow these instructions.

To obtain a SSL (server) certificate, please follow these instructions.


  • Dual-key certificates for encryption and digital signatures
  • Managed public-key environment for reliability and support
  • Works with any desktop application that supports certificates, on any operating system
  • Publication of public keys in the university directory for easy access by colleagues


Digital certificates are available at no cost to faculty and staff with email addresses in supported domains (* and some vanity domains.)

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We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!