Registrar Name Changes
The Registrar Accreditation Agreement requires registrars to notify ICANN of changes to their names within 30 days of that change.
If an ICANN-accredited registrar changes its company name, it should provide the official documentation of the company name change to ICANN via courier or fax, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some examples of acceptable documentation include:
- amended articles of incorporation (filed with the relevant registration authority, if applicable);
- government-issued form or certificate of name change;
- proof of name change from the business registration authority;
- any other official document showing both the old and new names of the corporate entity.
If the registrar seeks to add a fictitious ("Doing Business As" or "DBA") name to the legal name published by ICANN on ICANN's websites, the registrar should submit:
- a description of the legally-required steps the registrar took to do business under the fictitious name;
- and, if applicable, the documents or forms used to create or register the fictitious name.
Once ICANN has received the appropriate documentation, ICANN will update the registrar's company name in its records and announce the name change to the registries.
The registrar is responsible for completing any requirements that registries may impose to document the name change.
If the name change is due to a merger, please see the Registrar Merger page.