Enable Universal SSL certificates
By default, Cloudflare issues — and renews — free, unshared, publicly trusted SSL certificates to all Cloudflare domains.
The process for activating a Universal SSL certificate depends on your domain’s DNS setup.
Full DNS setup
For domains on a full setup, your domain should automatically receive its Universal SSL certificate within 15 minutes to 24 hours of domain activation.
This certificate will cover your root domain (
example.com) and all first-level subdomains (
subdomain.example.com), so long as your domain or subdomains have proxied DNS records within Cloudflare DNS.
For sites that require an SSL/TLS certificate prior to migrating traffic to Cloudflare, you could do the following:
Partial DNS setup
For non-authoritative or partial domains, Universal SSL will be:
Unless you cover and validate multiple subdomains with an advanced certificate, you will need to proxy and validate new subdomains as they are added.
Verify your certificate is active
Once you enable Universal SSL, you can review the certificate’s status in the dashboard at SSL/TLS > Edge Certificates or via the API with a GET request.