Domain Owners, Take Note!
By Sarah Grace
Attention all domain name owners… changes are coming! To prevent the risk of domain fraud and hijacking activity, ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is implementing several additional requirements for managing a domain name and confirming a domain transfer. Keep in mind that extra steps will be necessary to complete the process, including supplementary generated emails and default domain locks.
Who Will Be Affected?
- Anyone who owns a .com, .info, .net or .org that wants to transfer it to another owner
What Is Changing?
The NEW Process (Transfer Policy) Effective December 1, 2016
- Covers the process of changing ownership of domains:
- From registrant to registrant
- Between registrars
- Triggers confirmation and approval emails when making:
- Changes to registrant profile
- Simple updates to a registrant’s profile (i.e. email address)
- Obtains explicit confirmation info from current and new registrants before a change is complete
- Locks domains for transfer to a new registrar for 60 days after a change of registrant is complete
- Allows registrants to delegate giving their consent to a Change of Registrant to a third-party aka Designated Agent (DA).
The OLD Process (Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy) Effective January 31, 2015 - November 30, 2016
- Covers domain transfer between registrars ONLY
- Allows changes of registrant domain names with a simple domain modification request
Thousands of end users and registrars will be affected by the changes made to ICANN’s new Transfer Policy. Now in the testing phase of the upcoming policy change, ICANN is working hard to ensure a smooth launch of the platform.
Feel free to contact Cool Blue with any questions or concerns.