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Registrar Fees

The annual accreditation fee for all registrars is US$4,000 per year. The registrar may pay the annual fee in one lump payment or if elected, in quarterly installments of US$1,000.00 each. This fee is billed on the 15th of the month in which the account was accredited, for each year through the duration of the agreement until terminated. If quarterly installments are elected the account is billed on the 15th day of the first month of each quarter, per the accreditation date of the agreement.

Variable accreditation fees are determined based on the transaction type and volume of each registrar. There are two types of fees associated with the variable accreditation fees:

  1. Variable fees for all registrars are divided among all active registrars based on a validated concept that ICANN often expends the same quantum of effort in providing services to a registrar regardless of size. This fee is due quarterly and is billed 30 days following the end of each calendar quarter. Invoicing is sent every 31 January, 30 April, 31 July, and 31 October.
  2. Transaction-based fees are assessed on each annual increment of an add, renew or a transfer transaction that has survived a related add or auto-renew grace period. This fee will be billed at US$0.18 per transaction for registrars operating under the 2009 or 2013 RAA.

Please refer to Section 3.9 of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) for more details.


Automated invoicing was implemented on 31 July 2018. All invoices are delivered by email to the billing email address on record in the Naming Services portal unless postal mail is requested by the registrar. To update the delivery method please contact

Payment Terms

Except as stated on the invoice, standard billing terms are Net 30 (due within 30 days). Late fees are a provision of the ICANN agreements and due at a rate of 1.5% per month or, if less, the maximum rate permitted by applicable law.

Payment Methods

ICANN's preferred method of payment is ACH transfer or wire transfer, which are the most secure and most reliable methods of payment. We also accept checks and credit card payments. Please see "Instructions for Payments to ICANN" section for more detailed instructions.


Refunds are issued to accounts with no outstanding invoices when overpayment or open credit memos exist. A request for refund must be submitted using the ICANN Refund Form and signed by an authorized party of the account. Refunds are issued within 30 days following receipt of the required form.

Please contact to obtain the required form.

Past Due Fees

Past due fees are a breach of the agreement. Accounts with past due amounts are escalated to Contractual Compliance or other resources for resolution.

If you have any questions related to your invoice or the amount due please contact so that we may answer your request.

Updated as of 28 October 2019

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"""" is not an IDN."