Become a Domain Name Registrar

Verisign Domain Names Registrar

Verisign operates the authoritative domain name registry for all .com, .net, .name, .tv, and .cc domain names.

The registrar certification process has several requirements to ensure the integrity of the domain name system. For assistance or questions, please contact the Verisign Customer Affairs Office at +1-703-925-6999 or send an email.

Step 1: ICANN Accreditation

Your business must be accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) before you can become a registrar for the .com, .net and .name top level domains (TLDs). The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a not-for-profit, public-benefit corporation that coordinates the unique identifiers used for computers connected to the Internet across the world. Go to the ICANN website to start the ICANN accreditation process.

If you are a certified .com or .net registrar, it is easy to add additional top-level domains (TLDs) to your account. However, if you are not a .com or .net registrar, you will just have a few extra steps to complete to become a .name, .tv and .cc registrar. After you establish an account, you may complete the next steps simultaneously: provide financial information and determine technical readiness. Use the tabs below to proceed.

Step 2: Authentication

ICANN notifies all registry operators, including Verisign, when the accreditation process is complete for .com, .net and .name TLDs. If you are not currently a .com, .net or .name registrar Verisign requires each business to be authenticated before establishing an account. ACP, a vendor selected by Verisign, will contact you to request documents as proof of your business and your authority to represent and act on behalf of your company. For assistance or questions, please contact Verisign Customer Affairs Office.

STEP 3: Verisign Certification

After you establish an account, you may complete the next steps simultaneously: provide financial information and determine technical readiness. When finished, explore the Add Services tab to find out how Verisign helps registrars with value-add services and resources. Use the tabs below to proceed.

Establish a Contractual Relationship

To establish your business relationship with Verisign, email all required forms and supporting documentation to the Customer Affairs Office.

NOTE: All supporting documentation, including Registrar's Registration Agreement, Dispute Policy and Corporation Formation documents, must be provided in English.

Registry-Registrar Agreements (Required)

Please email signed copies of each of the following Registry-Registrar Agreements. Be certain to use your company's ICANN-accredited and legally registered name, place of incorporation and principal place of business. All required fields should be completed before the agreements are executed and emailed to Verisign.

Name Store Activation Agreement (Required)

To obtain the Name Store Activation Agreement, contact your Verisign Account Manager or email the Verisign Customer Affairs Office

.tv and .cc Registry Policy

The .tv and .cc Registration Policies govern the registration of these top level domain names. Registrars should review the policies from time to time and any modifications made thereto.

Corporate Formation Documents (Conditional)

Depending on the outcome of the Authentication process described in Step 2 above, Verisign may require you to provide copies of corporate formation documents to verify the legal entity with which VeriSign, Inc., is entering into a contract. The corporate name used on all forms must match the name used for ICANN accreditation. ccTLDs such as .tv and .cc do not require ICANN-accreditation.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Form (Required)

Please complete and return the FCPA form to certify that the registrar will comply with the applicable laws and requirements under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Registrar Information Form (Required)

Please complete the Registrar Information Form and submit the information to establish your account. Your business information must match your ICANN accreditation information. ccTLDs such as .tv and .cc must match your legally registered name. You will also need the following technical information: Web server name, Whois server name, SSL Common Name and no more than three subnets in Classless Inter-Domain Routing Protocol (CIDR) format, up to a total of 96 hosts (/26 = 64 hosts, /27 = 32 hosts, /28 = 16 hosts, /29 = 8 hosts, /30 = 4 hosts, /31 = 2 hosts, /32 = 1 host).

Financial Requirements

Verisign requires registrars to establish a payment security based on expected monthly registration volume across all TLDs. The Payment Security allows Verisign to provide you with available credit in our Shared Registration Systems. The minimum Payment Security amount is based on your forecasted domain registrations for a 15 day period however there is no maximum amount you can provide.

NOTE: You may start this process before you receive your user IDs and passwords across all TLDs.

Calculate Minimum Payment Security

.com registrations x duration (1 to 10 years) x $7.85 = .com estimate
.net registrations x duration (1 to 10 years) x $6.93 = .net estimate
.name registrations x duration (1 to 10 years) x $6.60 = .name estimate
.cc registrations x duration (1 to 10 years) x $20.00 = .cc estimate
.tv registration x duration (1 to 10 years) x $25.00 = .tv estimate

.com estimate + .net estimate + .name estimate + .cc estimate + .tv estimate = Minimum Payment Security
Registrars are required to increase the payment security when registration levels repeatedly exceed the current payment security.

Payment Security Options

Non-cash payment securities are held without action unless invoices are not paid in accordance with the terms of the Registry-Registrar Agreements. Acceptable payment security vehicles include:

  • Cash Deposit
  • Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit from a bank
  • Payment Security Bond from an approved surety or bank

Payment Security Remittance

Methods of Remitting Funds:

  • Wire Transfer
  • ACH Transfer
  • Check

*Credit card payments are not an accepted form of payment.

If selecting the cash option to fulfill your Payment Security, please note the following information:

Remit payment to:
VeriSign, Inc.
PO Box #404326
College Park, GA 30349
USA

Send overnight packages to:
VeriSign, Inc.
Lockbox #404326
6000 Feldwood Road
College Park, GA 30349
USA

Please contact the Customer Affairs Office if you select the cash method for satisfying your Payment Security obligation at cao@verisign-grs.com with the amount and exact date the funds were submitted.

Technical Requirements

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). You may begin development of your client applications before you receive your user IDs and passwords, but you will not be able to complete it until Verisign has established your account.

SSL Certificates

Verisign requires that each server that communicates with the SRS has a 40- or 128-bit SSL Certificate installed. Verisign accepts the following SSL Certificates:

Geotrust

  • RapidSSL
  • RapidSSL Wildcard
  • QuickSSL
  • QuickSSL Premium
  • True BusinessID
  • True BusinessID MultiDomain
  • True BusinessID Wildcard

GoDaddy

  • Starfield Standard SSL

Symantec

  • Secure Site (40bit)
  • Secure Site Pro (128bit)

Thawte

  • SSL 123
  • SSL Web Server
  • SGC SuperCerts
  • Wildcard SSL

Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) SDK

To develop the client end to the SRS, you must implement EPP software. Verisign has developed EPP SDKs and guides to help you develop your client application.

If you choose to develop your own EPP implementation, it must be based on RFC-5730, the published protocol specification. You will need to acquire and incorporate an implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol into your EPP software. You will also need to secure a license for the use of RSA cryptographic algorithms through RSA Data Security, Inc.

Testing and Evaluation

You will receive your user IDs and passwords to the OT&E environment when Verisign has established your account. Your informational packet will include testing information to complete this process. When you are ready to demonstrate technical operation and qualify for access to the production SRS, contact Verisign Customer Affairs Office. For assistance with testing, contact Customer Support.

Add Services

Once you become a certified registrar, Verisign offers value-add services and other TLD registry services to help you grow your domain name business. These services and TLDs are easy to add to your account and start using today.

To add any of these services, please contact Customer Support at +1-703-925-6999 or send an email.

Know Your Customers Better

Verisign® Internet Profile Service for Registrars
Valuable intelligence about millions of .com and .net domain names helps you target existing and prospective customers with timely offers.
Verisign® Domain Name Zone Alerts
Facilitate administration with real-time .com and .net zone file reports for the domain names under your management.

Help Your Customers

Verisign® Domain Name Suggestion Service
Expose more relevant domain name search results to attract more registrations. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.
ConsoliDate and Restore
Help your customers better manage their domain name renewals and retrieve expired domain names.

Add More TLDs to Your Offering

Verisign provides registry services for more than just .com and .net. With additional TLDs, you can give your customers more options and more ways to reach their customers.

Add .tv
With .tv, online video and rich media sites have globally recognized domain names.
Add IDNs
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) allow navigation of the Web in different scripts.
Add .name
A .name address is the personal and memorable address for an Internet identity.
Add .jobs
A simple way to communicate an employment page to job seekers worldwide.
Add .cc
A wide selection of unique names draws registrants to .cc domain names.