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FAQs for Registrants: About ICANN

Q: Can I get a website or domain name from ICANN?

A: No, a website cannot be obtained from ICANN. Domain name registration is done by registrars. A list of ICANN-accredited registrars is available here. Some people assume that getting a domain name automatically means you have a website; however, it's important to know that you must either purchase a web hosting service or find one that offers free services in order to make a website fully functional and accessible to others.

Q: Does ICANN take down inappropriate Internet content and regulate spam or trademark violations?

A: No, ICANN does not police the Internet. ICANN does not control Internet content or stop spam. ICANN works to ensure the security, stability, and interoperability of the Internet through creating fair policies and through the operation of the domain name system.

Learn more about the ICANN policies pertaining to domain name disputes:

Q: Does ICANN allocate IP addresses to individuals or organizations?

A: No, ICANN only allocates IP addresses to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and in-line with IETF direction. The RIRs then allocate addresses to Internet Service Providers, who sub-allocate to networks and individual users.

Q: Does ICANN help with domain ownership or registration disputes?

A: No, ICANN does not get involved in disputes regarding domain ownership or registration. ICANN's role is at the policy level, in ensuring that registries and registrars comply with policies related to those issues, developed through a bottom-up, consensus-based multistakeholder process.

Q: Does ICANN provide Authorization codes for Domain Transfers?

A: No, ICANN does not provide Auth-Codes for domain name transfers. The domain name transfer process is handled by your current domain name service provider or registrar. Contact your domain name service provider or registrar directly to obtain an Auth-Code.

For more information on transferring your domain name, please visit: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/transferring-your-domain-name-2017-10-10-en

Q: Can ICANN lift the 60-day lock on domains?

A: No, ICANN does not place, nor can it lift a 60-day lock on domain names. Registrars must impose a lock that will prevent any transfer to another registrar for sixty (60) days following a change to a registrant's information. Registrars may (but are not required to) allow registrants to opt out of the 60-day lock prior to the change of registrant request. Contact your registrar to see if they will allow you to opt out of the 60-day lock period.

For more information about Change of Registrant and 60-Day Lock After Change of Registrant, please follow this link: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/ownership-2013-05-03-en

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."