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Become a Domain Name Registrar

With the reliability and scale of Verisign domains, you can provide your customers with a complete Web services package.

When you become a registrar, you establish a steady, renewable revenue stream for your business and provide your customers with a more complete Web services package. To register domain names in these TLDs, you must become a domain name registrar with Verisign.

HOW TO BECOME A REGISTRAR

Different TLDs have different requirements and processes. Most businesses start with .com and .net certification, and then add more TLDs.

.com, .net, .name, .tv, .cc
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ICANN Accreditation

Required (.com, .net, .name)
 None (.tv, .cc) Required

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the international governing body that has responsibility managing the Domain Name System (DNS), controlling the root domain and assigning control of each general TLD (gTLD) to a domain name registry. ICANN maintains registry agreements with Verisign for the operation of .com, .net and .name (ICANN Archived Registry Agreements). Businesses must be accredited by ICANN before beginning the certification process with Verisign. Verisign has no control over how long the ICANN accreditation process may take. ccTLDs such as .tv and .cc do not require ICANN accreditation.



Employ Media Authentication

Required

The .jobs TLD is managed by Employ Media. To become a .jobs registrar, you will need to execute a Registry-Registrar Agreement with Employ Media located on their site: Become a Registrar

Authentication

Required Required

Before establishing an account, Verisign requires each business to be authenticated. Authentication means providing proof of your business and your authority to represent and act on behalf of your company. When Verisign receives notification from ICANN that your business has been accredited, we will ask ACP, a Verisign vendor, to contact you and request documents for authentication. For .tv and .cc, ACP authentication is triggered when you submit your account information. If you have been authenticated by Verisign for a TLD before, you may not need authentication to add another TLD.

Establish an Account (legal agreements and data forms)

Required Required

Each TLD has its own set of required documents including Registry-Registrar agreements and a Registrar Data Information Form. Complete the required forms and return them to Verisign. When approved, Verisign will send you a username and password.

Financial Requirements (credit account and payment security)

Required Required

Registrars pay a set fee to Verisign for each domain name registered. Verisign requires registrars to complete a credit application and establish a payment security based on expected monthly registrations. Existing registrars may use their existing payment security to support additional TLD transactions. If you expect a considerable increase in your monthly transaction volume, you should re-evaluate the amount of your payment security and adjust it accordingly.

Technical Readiness (EPP integration and testing)

Required Required

Registrars must demonstrate full and correct operation of client systems within the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) environment before connecting to the Shared Registration System (SRS). Registrar software and system requirements depend on each company's expertise, business model and registration volume. Verisign offers Software Development Kits (SDKs) and implementation guides to assist registrars. Our global support desk is available 24/7 with assistance in 150 different languages.

Internationalized Domain Names

Optional

Enable Internet users to navigate and communicate online in their preferred script or language, transforming the Internet into a truly global and multilingual tool. By adding IDNs to your .com, .net, .tv, .name and .cc domain name options, registrars have the opportunity to expand services and potentially increase revenues.

Learn features and benefits of the domain names powered by Verisign.

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)

Enable customers to reach target audiences in their native scripts and languages.

Become an IDN Registrar

Offer Domain Names Without Becoming a Registrar

Verisign has established a referral process to help companies interested in offering domain name registrations without becoming a certified registrar. To become a domain name reseller, complete the application form.

How Domain Name Registration Works

Domain names are registered for a period of 1 to 10 years by an individual or an organization. A user contacts a registrar or reseller to register a domain name. The registrar verifies that the domain name is available by checking with the registry that manages the corresponding TLD. If it is available, the registrar registers the domain name with the registry, which adds it to the registry database. At the end of the registration period, the domain name registrant has the option to renew the domain name or let it expire.

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Unmatched Reliability and Scale

Verisign makes it easy for companies to register domain names for their clients. The Verisign DNS has maintained operational accuracy and stability 100% of the time for more than 15 years. As the authoritative directory provider for .com, .net, .name, .tv and .cc, Verisign’s network routes more than 100 million domain names and billions of queries daily without fail. Billions of consumers and businesses worldwide rely on Verisign for commerce and communications and Verisign has committed to continually invest, improve and expand the Internet infrastructure to meet the growing demand.

To learn more about industry trends, see the Domain Name Industry Brief or learn more about Verisign's registrar products.

Registrar FAQ

What is a registrar?

Registrars process name registrations for domain name registrants and then send the necessary domain name system (DNS) information to a registry for entry into the centralized registry database. The registrar database contains customer information in addition to the DNS information contained in the registry database. The customers of the Verisign registry are registrars who have executed the appropriate Registrar-Registry and Name Store Agreements for the domains managed by Verisign and who have been accredited by ICANN.

What are the financial requirements for becoming a registrar?

Verisign requires registrars to complete a credit application and establish a payment security based on expected monthly registration volume. The payment security is held without action unless invoices are not paid in accordance with the terms of Registry-Registrar Agreements.

What are the technical requirements for becoming a registrar?

Registrars must demonstrate full and correct operation of their systems within the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) environment before connecting to the Shared Registration System (SRS). Registrar software and system requirements depend on each company's expertise, business model and registration volume. A low-volume registrar may require modest infrastructure investment; a high-volume operation may require a significant investment in people, software, hardware and network services. Verisign offers Software Development Kits (SDKs) and implementation guides to assist registrars. Our global support desk is available 24/7 with assistance in 150 different languages.

If I am ICANN-accredited for .com and .net, can I add other TLDs?

The .tv and .cc registries are ccTLDs and do not require ICANN accreditation for registrars. Verisign requires registrars to complete account information, meet financial requirements and demonstrate technical readiness to become a .tv or .cc registrar. The .name and .jobs registries are gTLDs and do require separate ICANN accreditation as well as Verisign certification to become a .name registrar or become a .jobs registrar.

What is the Shared Registry System?

The Shared Registration System (SRS) was created in 1999 to help stabilize the Internet and protect consumers. SRS is a system of associated hardware and software developed by Verisign that permits multiple registrars to provide Internet domain name registration services within the top-level domains (TLDs) administered by Verisign. The SRS includes the following subsystems: a database server subsystem; a registration subsystem ensuring non-discriminatory access to the registry by all registrars; a billing subsystem; a systems development and testing subsystem; a TLD zone file generation subsystem; and a Whois subsystem. The SRS is consistent with, and supportive of, the provisions of the Statement of Policy on Domain Name System administration, Management of Internet Names and Addresses, 63 Fed Reg. 31741 (1998) (the "White Paper"), as well as the Cooperative Agreement NCR-92-18742 between the U.S. government and Verisign.

What is the Name Store platform?

The Verisign® Name Store platform supports provisioning for the .tv, .cc and .jobs registries, the Name Suggestion Service and other services. The platform minimizes implementation lead times. To add new products, complete the appropriate service order or registry-registrar agreements and then update your EPP mappings. Visit EPP SDKs for guides and updates.

Is it possible to offer domain name registration without becoming a registrar?

You do not have to be a registrar to offer registration services. For example, small and medium-sized Web hosting and design companies worldwide have partnered with certified registrars to resell .com and .net in their local markets. Social networking and community sites might resell .name domain names to help customers establish an individual identity online. Read more about the Verisign® Domain Services Reseller program.

What other services does Verisign provide to support registrars?

Verisign is committed to your success as a domain name registrar. Depending on your business priorities—to increase registrations or renewals, expand to new markets or enhance services—we have many tools, resources and registry products to help. Value-added products for current registrars help you keep pace with industry trends and news, target customers using intelligence about the domain names you manage and provide administrative tools to improve renewals and offer more relevant domain name suggestions.