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FAQs - Registrar Data Escrow Agent Change

How can I change Registrar Data Escrow Agents?

Please follow the Registrar Data Escrow Agent Change process.

What is the difference between an ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow Agent (DEA) and an ICANN-approved Registrar Data Escrow Agent?

Registrars can use an ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow Agent (DEA) at no charge. Alternatively, registrars can use an ICANN-approved Registrar DEA at their own expense.

Why did ICANN add a new ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow Agent?

ICANN set out to identify additional qualified designated Registrar Data Escrow Agent(s) to provide Registrar Data Escrow (RDE) services to its accredited Registrars, primarily because the industry has grown and its needs have evolved. Registrars are located throughout the world, so ICANN sought a Registrar Data Escrow Agent with the capability to offer regional support.

Do I have to change Registrar Data Escrow Agents?

No. Registrars can continue to use their current Data Escrow Agent (DEA).

Do I need to do anything if my current Registrar Data Escrow Agent is now an ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow Agent?

Yes. Registrars whose current Registrar Data Escrow Agent is now an ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow Agent should follow the Registrar Data Escrow Agent Change process.

Can I use more than one Registrar Data Escrow Agent?

No. Registrars can only use one Registrar Data Escrow Agent.

Does the ICANN organization plan to contract with additional designated Registrar Data Escrow Agents?

ICANN may request proposals for additional Registrar Data Escrow providers as industry needs may warrant, but has no specific plans to do so at this time.

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."