UW Digital ID (Personal Certificate) - Product Overview

UW System sunsets Personal Digital Certificates (UW Digital ID) service for all system campuses and affiliates effective June 30, 2022. As of March 01, 2022, no new requests for individual Personal Digital Certificates (UW Digital ID) will be issued.

This document gives an overview of the UW Digital ID - Digital Certificates. It is divided into the following sections:


UW Digital ID is our branded version of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) which is a system used to digitally sign and encrypt information to prove its authenticity. Applications can use UW Digital ID to attach digital signatures to documents, emails, etc. to prove their authenticity and place of origin. This system allows for secure and safe transfer of sensitive materials like student records, medical records, etc.

Both Windows and Macintosh computers can use UW Digital IDs. The following email clients are supported:

  • Outlook (Windows and Mac)
  • Thunderbird (Windows and Mac)
  • Apple Mail (Mac)

UW Digital IDs can also be used with:

  • Adobe PDF documents (Windows and Mac)
  • Microsoft Office (Windows Only).

Support Conditions

The DoIT Help Desk Provides support for UW Digital ID users who meet the following conditions:

  • User has a valid UW photo ID.
  • User has been approved for a UW Digital ID.

For internal handling information, please see [Link for document 8948 is unavailable at this time.].


UW Digital ID is available to all faculty and staff with a valid NetID. See the information on the UW Digital ID homepage to request a digital certificate.

NOTE: Information on server certificates, rather than an individual UW Digital ID certificates can be found here DoIT InCommon Server Certificates

Keywords:pki product overview public key infrastructure information general certificate signature encryption smime handling UW Digital ID   Doc ID:4054
Owner:Marc T.Group:Identity and Access Management
Created:2005-09-26 19:00 CDTUpdated:2022-06-27 08:42 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Identity and Access Management
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