Let's Encrypt renewal failing - CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED

Hello, I’ve just started receiving this message from Lets Encrypt on my droplet when it tries to renew the certificate for my website. This is the full error -

Attempting to renew cert ( from /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/ produced an unexpected error: [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed (_ssl.c:645). Skipping.
All renewal attempts failed. The following certs could not be renewed:
  /etc/letsencrypt/live/ (failure)

Not sure what is causing this. The DNS of the domain name still points to the droplet and there’s been no changes to the Apache config. The certificate expires in 9 days so hoping to resolve before then!..

Thanks in advance,


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Hi there,

What I could suggest is trying to upgrade your certbot installation to the latest version:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install --only-upgrade certbot

Let me know if this helps!

There seems to have been a similar discussion on the Let’s Encrypt community here:

Best, Bobby