Changes to ICANN’s Transfer Policy

Transferring domain registrants

Who is ICANN?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN is a non-profit organization created in 1998 with the goal of making the Internet a secure and reliable place. Nearly 20 years later, ICANN is still hard at work improving the Internet.

Changes to ICANN’s Transfer Policy 

Most recently, ICANN has been working to update its Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy, and as of December 1, 2016 those updates have been put into effect. Now simply titled “Transfer Policy”, this updated version includes important changes that domain registrants should be aware of.

The most significant update to the new policy is with regard to how registrant to registrant transfers will be handled. The main points of this include:
  1. Changes to first name, last name, organization, or email address fields for a domain will trigger an authorization process.
    1. This process will require both the new and old contact to consent to any changes.
  2. Once a registrant change is completed, both parties will receive notification of the change.
  3. After a change of registrant has been completed, a 60-day lock is applied to the domain for registrar to registrar transfers. 

While the new policy may seem like an inconvenience, these changes have been put in place with your security in mind. 

Now more than ever, it is important to make sure your contact information attached to your domain is accurate and up-to-date. For assistance managing your domain, or questions about ICANN’s new policy, contact our support department by emailing