Expiration Emails

Last updated: July 02, 2016 | See all Documentation

Subscribing

If you provide an email address to Let’s Encrypt when you create your account, we’ll automatically send you expiry notices when your certificate is coming up for renewal. We send the first notice at 20 days before your certificate expires, and more notices at 10 days and 1 day before it expires.

When You Get an Expiration Email

If your certificate is already renewed, we won’t send an expiry notice. We consider a certificate to be renewed if there is a newer certificate with the exact same set of names, regardless of which account created it. If you’ve issued a new certificate that adds or removes a name relative to your old certificate, you will get expiration email about your old certificate. If you check the certificate currently running on your website, and it shows the correct date, no further action is needed.

Unsubscribing

The email body has a link to unsubscribe from future notices. If you hit that link, you won’t get any future expiration notices. The list of “who’s unsubscribed” is independent for Staging notices and Production notices, so you can feel free to unsubscribe from Staging.

There’s not yet a way for us to efficiently re-subscribe you if you unsubscribe. Our email provider, Mandrill, has a manual mechanism that we still need to automate.

However, you can change the email address on your account, which effectively re-subscribes you. Many common email services treat yourname+1@example.com the same as yourname@example.com. So if you update your email address to yourname+1@example.com, you can start getting expiry mail again. With Certbot, use:

~/certbot/venv/bin/certbot register --update-registration --email yourname+1@example.com