Recently, ICANN announced a new transfer policy rules for the process of changing ownership of a domain from one domain registrar to another. It’s a layer of bureaucracy no one asked for, but we all have to follow it.
Basically, each time a change of registrant takes place or any of the contact details are changed (first name, last name, organization or email address), a trade process initiates, and you need to complete the verification via email.
Your domain registrar will send a verification email to the registrant email address, and you need to click the verification link to approve the change and enable the domain.
When you register a new domain – your domain registrar will send you a verification email which you need to complete (follow the link and verify your contact information). Until that is completed, you will see the following message in NOVA:
Contact Details Change
If you perform a change to the first name, last name, organization or email address of the registrant contact – you will see a warning that this operation will initiate the Transfer Policy Trade Process and trigger the IRTP Transfer Lock.
As you can see above, you can try to opt-out of the transfer lock (if possible) and provide a reason before submitting the request.
Once you complete the contact details change request, there are two available statuses:
If the Transfer Policy does not pertain to the domain, or any of the contact details (registrant’s name, organization, or email were not changed), you will see a successful confirmation message.
If the Transfer Policy was initiated (a change to the registrant’s name, organization or email), you will see a Verification Required confirmation, which means that an email has been sent and you have to perform a verification to complete the change.
If you’d like to chat with us more about this bureaucratic burden placed upon everyone by random organizations, we’d like to hear from you 🙂