ICANN has implemented a new Transfer Policy which affects all ICANN-accredited registrars. The Transfer Policy takes effect 1 December 2016.
A Form of Authorization, or 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.
● 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 registrant contact.
● 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.
How will it impact you?
Once the policy is in effect, the impact on end users will be visible. It can be summarized as follows:
Any changes to first name, last name, organization or email address fields for the owner of any gTLD domain name will now start a trade process
The process involves obtaining explicit confirmation from current and new registrants before a change can be completed.
After a change of registrant has been completed, previous and new registrant need to receive notifications about the change, with no option of reversing the change.
After a change of registrant has been completed, the domain is by default locked for transfers to a new registrar for the following 60 day.
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