Abstract. In 1876, E. Lucas showed that a quick proof of primality for a prime p could be attained through the prime factorization of p − 1 and a primitive root for p. V. Pratt’s proof that PRIMES is in NP, done via Lucas’s theorem, showed that a certificate of primality for a prime p could be obtained in O(log 2 p) modular multiplications with integers at most p. We show that for all constants C ∈ R, the number of modular multiplications necessary to obtain this certificate is greater than C log p for a set of primes p with relative asymptotic density 1. 1.