Using your Proof of Entitlement certificate

Information provided by your Proof of Entitlement certificate.

The IBM Proof of Entitlement certificate (PoE) is a document that IBM sends to customers who purchase software products. The PoE confirms the eligible products and level of use for which you are authorized. It includes important order information such as your IBM customer number, IBM site number, and IBM order number. IBM e-mails the PoE by default to the Primary Site Contact on the order from the e-mail account "" and with the subject of either "IBM Passport Advantage® Proof of Entitlement" or "IBM Passport Advantage Express Proof of Entitlement".

The information, especially the account number, on this certificate verifies that your company has purchased licenses to operate IBM Rational® products.
  • To get your Authorized User, Authorized User Fixed Term License (FTL), or floating license keys, supply information from your PoE certificate to the License Key Center. See Using the IBM Rational License Key Center to obtain license keys for more information about the License Key Center.
  • If you have purchased an IBM Rational XDE® product, the single-string desktop key on the PoE is your permanent license. Do not order a permanent license key from License Key Center. Optionally, you can enable floating license enforcement for Rational XDE.
  • To evaluate most Rational products, get a temporary key from a marketing representative.
  • To evaluate an Rational product based on the Eclipse framework, download the product. Depending on the product, you have 30 - 60 days to evaluate the product. After evaluation, either purchase a permanent activation kit or implement IBM Rational Common Licensing.
  • If you are unable to access the License Key Center or there is a delay in receiving your permanent keys, enter the temporary license key from your PoE into License Key Administrator (LKAD).