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Registrar Data Escrow Agent Change

Registrars wishing to change their Data Escrow Agent (DEA) should follow the Registrar DEA Change process outlined below.

Process Steps

  • Registrar selects a gaining Registrar DEA from the list on the Registrar Data Escrow Program page.
  • Registrar submits a completed Registrar DEA Change Request [PDF, 173 KB] form by emailing it to registrarupdates@icann.org.
  • Registrar contacts gaining Registrar DEA to initiate the execution of the Registrar Data Escrow Agreement (RDEA). The RDEA is first routed to the registrar, then the gaining Registrar DEA, and finally to the ICANN organization for signature. The ICANN-approved RDEA templates for all Registrar DEAs can be found on the Registrar Data Escrow Program page.
  • Upon receipt of the fully executed RDEA, Registrar starts depositing with the gaining DEA and continues to deposit with the current DEA.
  • Registrar notifies ICANN once it has made the first successful full deposit with the gaining DEA.
  • Upon confirmation, ICANN org sends a transition notice to all parties, confirming that the previous RDEA is terminated and the Registrar can stop depositing with the previous DEA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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."