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Renew existing service accounts

When you create a service account, you set its validity period, which is a number of days (from 1 to 365) that the service account is valid. When that date expires, the service account is no longer valid and cannot be used to authenticate.

But, you can renew the validity period for one or more service accounts with the click of the Renew button. There's no need to modify an account's validity period setting, unless you want to increase or decrease it.


Suppose you set the validity period of a new service account to 30 days. Once this period expires, the service account will not longer work. On day 30, you decide you want it to be valid for another 30 days. You select it from the Service Account list and click Renew. The service account is then valid for 30 more days.

Had you set it to 60 days, the renewal option would reset so that it would be valid for 60 days from the time you click Renew (regardless of how many days were left in the original 60-day period).


You're not required to renew a service account before the it expires. You can renew an existing service account at any time before or after its validity period ends.

To renew an existing service account

  1. Sign in to Venafi Control Plane.
  2. Click Settings > Service Accounts.
  3. Find the service account you want to edit and click its name to open its settings.
  4. Click Renew.

Because each validity period might be different, keep in mind that Renew simply restarts the period. So renewed service accounts are valid for the days set in the Validity field, beginning the day you either created or renewed them.