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The GAC regularly considers a broad range of public policy issues impacting the DNS and other matters regarding the functions of ICANN. This work can result in consensus advice for the ICANN Board or public comment guidance to the ICANN community. This part of the website shares information related to those ongoing topics and activities.

Early Engagement Policy Document - IRTP C

Policy Development Process (PDP) Update

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Development Process – Part C

September 2015


Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Development Process – Part C


The Policy Effective Date of 01 August 2016 was announced 24 September 2015.


The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) is a consensus policy to provide a straightforward procedure for domain name holders to transfer domain names between registrars. An overall review of this policy identified areas that require clarification or improvement, which were labeled A-E, and addressed in a series of PDPs. This PDP, which is known as IRTP Part C, reviews whether a process for ‘change of control’ is needed; whether the current Forms of Authorization (FOAs) should be time-limited, and; whether the use of IANA IDs should be required. The PDP has produced recommendations that were adopted unanimously by the GNSO Council on 17 October 2012. The ICANN Board adopted the recommendations on 20 December 2012. These recommendations are:

  • Recommendation #1 – The adoption of a new consensus policy specifying the rules and procedures applicable to circumstances where there is a change of registrant.[1]
  • Recommendation #2: Forms of Authorization (FOAs), once obtained by a registrar, should be valid for no longer than 60 days, with certain exceptions, and additional procedures to be followed.
  • Recommendation #3: All gTLD Registry Operators should be required to publish the Registrar of Record's IANA ID in the TLD's WHOIS. The IRTP Part C Final Report includes additional information and rules related to use of the IANA IDs and/or proprietary IDs. (note: the implementation of this specific recommendation was announced on 2 July 2014 as part of the Additional Whois Information Policy, see https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2014-07-02-en)

[1] Further details concerning the rules and requirements for the change of registrant policy are detailed in the IRTP Part C Final Report under the heading 'Proposed "Change of Registrant" Process for gTLDs' on page 4-8.


An Implementation Review Team worked with ICANN staff on the development of the Change of Registrant process and the now finalized policy language (recommendation #1). Recommendation #2, FOA expiration beyond 60 days policy language was also finalized

Lastly, the publishing of the Registrar of Record IANA ID in WHOIS output was deployed in 2015 with a Policy Effective date of 31 January 2016 via an update to the IRTP (https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/policy-awip-2014-07-02-en).





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