BECOME AN IDN REGISTRAR

Verisign internationalised domain names (IDNs) follow Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Standards related to IDN.


By adding IDNs to their .com, .net, .tv, .name and .cc domain name options, registrars have the opportunity to expand services and help increase revenues. For assistance or questions, please contact the Verisign Customer Affairs Office on +1-703-925-6999 or send an e-mail.

YOU MUST FIRST BECOME A REGISTRAR OF ONE OR MORE TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN NAMES BEFORE YOU CAN OFFER IDNS AS AN ADDITIONAL OPTION.

Become a Verisign Domain Name Registrar

ADD IDN

Registrars are welcome to download the IDN Software Development Kits (SDKs) and implement IDN offerings into your domain name registration service.

TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Verisign IDNs follow Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Standards related to IDN. There are important points to consider when registering an IDN.

IDN Registration
The Verisign Shared Registration System (SRS) allows a registrant to register IDNs through a registrar in any script supported by Unicode. The registrant's IDN is stored in the Registry’s database in an ASCII-compatible representation as defined by RFC 3492 (Encoding Scheme: punycode). The uniqueness of a domain name registration is determined by its Unicode representation. Valid characters for IDNs are those identified within the Unicode 3.2. For more information, see Policy for IDN Code Points.

Dispute Policy
Verisign processes IDN transactions on first-come, first-served basis in the same manner as with all registrations in the .com, .net, .name, .tv and .cc registries. If a dispute occurs, Verisign follows any and all policies established by ICANN to uniformly administer the domain name transfer dispute process.

To assist with potential disputes, Verisign has created the IDN Conversion Tool, which works as follows:

  • Any user may input an IDN character string into the tool and click Convert.
  • The tool will perform the conversion and display the string, after applying Name Preparation and the punycode character string for the prepared domain name character string (e.g., xn--yal93qak4a).
  • Under Whois Query, the user may select either Domain or Nameserver, then click the Query button to query Verisign's Whois for the punycode character string.
  • The Verisign Whois displays the appropriate registrar for the punycode character string and the user may continue with normal procedures for researching, preparing and submitting a complaint under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).

Please contact Verisign Customer Services if you have any questions.

Registrar Tools
Sample user interfaces (UIs) for domain name registration highlight possible implementations of language tags into the purchase flow.



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