How to renew a token?

Renew your token and certificate

The 3SKey tokens have a lifetime of 3 years after they have been activated on the 3SKey portal, then they must be renewed. The renewal process must be performed between 3 months before the expiry date of the certificate on the token and the date of expiry.

For the renewal process you need to use a not activated token or to order a new token from your bank.

You will find the Renewal procedures in the Related information section on the right of this page.

There is no need to add the new token to the User group before following the renewal procedure.

To know the expiry date of your current token please login to the 3SKey portal with your token and use the Key Information function which will display the "Issued" and "Expires" dates. The 3SKey administrators also have access to a “Manage User Group” page that shows the expiry date of all the tokens in the user group.

Administrators receive email notifications about tokens in their group that expire within the next 3 months. The notifications are being sent regularly until all tokens have been renewed or have expired.

Check that a not activated token can be used for a renewal

We recommend that you order your new tokens a few months before the expiry of your current certificates.

You can renew an expiring certificate on a not activated token that you already own, as long as it is still valid. Not activated tokens are valid for 5 years after they are fabricated, but can remain a few months in the stocks of your bank before they are distributed to you.

You can check the validity of a not activated token as follows:

  • Plug only the not activated token on a computer that has the 3SKey software installed
  • Right-click the Safenet Authentication Client icon in the notification area, and click on Certificate Information
  • Double-click the line that matches your certificate to display its validity
You can use a not activated token for a renewal as long as it is valid. The renewal will create a new business certificate valid for 3 years starting from the date of the renewal.
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