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Become a
Bridge Member

The SAFE Identity Bridge Certification Authority (SIBCA) is the interoperability mechanism for ensuring trust across independent Certification Authority domains.

How Can I Apply to
Become a Bridge Member?

PKI operators interested in attaining cross certification with the SIBCA must submit an Application for Cross-certification along with the following documentation to the SAFE Identity Policy Management Authority (PMA):

  • Certificate Policy for the Principal CA that will be cross-certified to SAFE Bridge CA
  • Key Recovery Practices Statement (KRPS) that demonstrates compliance with the SAFE Identity Key Recovery Policy(KRP) (for applicants issuing key management certificates)
  • Architectural Diagram detailing the components of the applicant’s PKI
Submit application

What Does the
Review Process Entail?

Following SAFE Identity PMA approval of the application, the review process includes

Mapping the applicant’s PKI Certificate Policy against the SIBCA Certificate Policy for comparability of security and operational requirements

Where applicable, performing a compliance analysis of the applicant’s PKI KRPS with the SAFE Identity KRP

Interoperability testing of certificates issued by the applicant’s PKI

Reviewing the most recent Third-party Independent Audit Opinion Letter(s) pertaining to the compliance of the applicant’s PKI Certification Practices Statement (CPS) with the applicant’s PKI CP and the compliance of the applicant’s PKI Operations with the applicant’s PKI CPS

To complete the review process, additional documentation is required. This includes:

Third Party Independent Auditor CPS Compliance Analysis Opinion letter asserting that the applicant’s PKI Certification Practices Statement (CPS) implements the Certificate Policy (CP)

Certificate Artifacts for Interoperability Testing


Upon successful completion of the document review and the interoperability testing, the results are submitted to the SAFE Identity PMA for final review and approval to cross-certify. For more information or to initiate the cross-certification process,

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Rely on the SAFE Trust Framework

The integrity of digital credentials varies widely from one provider to the next. Figuring out who to trust, why to trust them and how their security aligns with your needs can be a challenge. This makes trust hard.

The SAFE Identity Trust Framework, carefully cultivated over 15 years, can make trust much easier. The Trust Framework defines the policies and standards necessary to use secure and interoperable digital credentials that meet your needs. Issuers certified by SAFE are compliant with these policies and standards, ensuring this same security and interoperability across the ecosystem – and making trust a lot simpler for you.

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