New ICANN Domain Policy update effective Dec 1, 2016

On December 1, 2016, ICANN will enforce a new policy whereby any change to the Registrant information of a generic top-level domain name (example: .com, .net, .org, .xyz) will require email authorizations from the old Registrant and (where applicable) the new Registrant.

Here are some of the key aspects that are part of the new Transfer Policy:

Inter-Registrar Transfers

A Form of Authorization (FOA) is the email that is sent to the registered name holder when a domain transfer is initiated to approve the request. The FOA will now expire after 60 days if the transfer is not completed, unless we allow an automatic renewal and the registrant has expressly opted in to an automatic renewal.

  • The FOA is void if the domain name expires before approval.

Inter-Registrant Transfers

  • If a material change is made, we must collect consent from both the Prior Registrant and the New Registrant, prior to making the requested change, even if you represent both parties. A "material change" is a change in the name, company or email address listed for the registrantcontact.
  • If the Prior Registrant and New Registrant do not confirm the change within 60 days of the request, the change implementation will not proceed.
  • Once both Prior and New Registrant parties agree to the requested contact changes, the information will be updated within 1 day after.

Country-code top-level domains like .co.ke .or.ke are excluded from this policy.

The detailed information about this new policy is available on ICANN's website.

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