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Registration Data Request Service

Simplifying Requests for Nonpublic gTLD Registration Data

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The Registration Data Request Service (RDRS) has officially launched! To submit a request for nonpublic gTLD registration data, click here. You will need to use an ICANN Account (new or existing) to access the service.

More information about the service is provided below.

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General Information

What is the Registration Data Request Service?

The Registration Data Request Service is a free and global proof of concept service that will handle requests for access to nonpublic registration data related to generic top-level domains (gTLD)s. It will connect requestors seeking disclosure of nonpublic registration data with the relevant ICANN-accredited registrars for gTLD domain names who are participating in the service. The service will streamline and standardize the process for submitting and receiving requests through a single platform.

Important note: The Registration Data Request Service will not guarantee access to the registration data. All communication and data disclosure between the registrars and requestors will take place outside of the system.

What is nonpublic gTLD registration data?

Nonpublic registration data can include information such as a contact name, home or email address, and phone number related to a domain under a gTLD. This type of data is not necessarily published publicly anymore due to personal data protection regulations.

Who can use the system?

The service will be used by participating ICANN-accredited registrars and requestors seeking nonpublic gTLD registration data. It is intended for use by individuals and entities with a legitimate interest for access to nonpublic gTLD registration data like law enforcement, government agencies, intellectual property attorneys, cybersecurity professionals, and others. Participation in the service by ICANN-accredited registrars will be voluntary.

When will it be ready to use?

The Registration Data Request Service is expected to launch in November 2023. Any updates to the timeline will be made public.

Why is it being developed?

The new service is intended to gather usage and demand data that can inform the ICANN Board's consideration of the consensus policy recommendations related to a System for Standardized Access/Disclosure (SSAD), and ongoing consultations with the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council.

How do I find registration data that is publicly available?

Use ICANN's Lookup tool available at https://lookup.icann.org.

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Additional Information

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