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gTLD Registry Agreement Renewals

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New gTLDs from the 2012 New gTLD Program are governed by the Base Registry Agreement (RA) with initial 10-year terms. The agreements are expected to renew for successive 10-year terms unless any of the exceptions set forth in Section 4.2 of the Base RA apply.

ICANN org has built a registry agreement renewal process with several key elements in mind: expectation of renewal, efficiency, and transparency. As part of this renewal process, registry operators are not required to take action to prompt the renewal. As part of ongoing operations, registry operators should maintain the appropriate contact information to ensure registry agreement renewal information can be delivered to the appropriate contacts. TLDs that are not subject to the Base RA (e.g., legacy gTLDs) will be subject to the renewal terms as set forth in their respective registry agreements.

Please note, if a registry operator does not wish to renew its registry agreement, the registry operator should follow the standard process to terminate its registry agreement with 180 days' notice per Section 4.4 of the Base RA.

Renewal Process

Below is a brief overview of the registry agreement renewal process for gTLDs on the Base RA:

  1. ICANN Review - approximately 90-120 calendar days prior to the end of a registry agreement's initial term, ICANN org will perform Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) checks and review registry operator compliance status to ensure the conditions for renewal are met (i.e., that any of the exceptions set forth in Section 4.2 of the registry agreement do not apply).
  2. Determination - The registry operators of registry agreements expected to be renewed will be issued registry agreement renewal letters reflecting the start of the successive term for the TLD(s). These renewal letters will be sent to the registry primary contacts and legal notice contacts. Where feasible, ICANN org will batch and provide a single renewal letter for one or more TLDs with the same registry primary and legal notice contracts. For registry agreements that will not be renewed, ICANN will provide notice as part of the relevant compliance issue(s).
  3. Administrative Tasks - If a renewal letter has been issued, ICANN org will publish the letter on the registry agreements webpage(s) specific to the TLD(s).

Please note that if there are any open compliance issues associated with the registry agreement(s), those issues will continue to be handled through the compliance process and a renewal does not waive any rights or resolve any open tickets or issues.


  1. Registry Agreements
  2. NSp User Guide: Contact Update
  3. Registry Agreement Terminations
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