Registry Operator Name Change
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Over the course of the 10-year term of the Registry Agreement, an organization might change its name. If the change is not the result of a change of control of the registry, the organization needs to utilize the Registry Operator Name Change Service to update its name with the ICANN organization.
As part of Registry Operator Name Change Service, the registry operator must also update its Continued Operations Instrument (COI) to reflect the name change.
- If the COI is in the form of a Letter of Credit, the ICANN organization will engage with Bank of America to ensure the Letter of Credit is compliant. If Bank of America determines there are deficiencies per standard banking guidelines, the registry operator will be directed to the COI Amendment Service to cure such deficiencies.
- If the COI is in the form of an escrow agreement, the ICANN organization will review the updated agreement to ensure it is compliant.
Once the ICANN organization validates the name change and determines that it is not the result of a change of control of the registry, an amendment to the Registry Agreement will be executed reflecting the change and updates to the Registry Agreement preamble will be published on the Registry Agreements page. In the case of a contracted party with multiple TLDs, the ICANN organization may elect to issue one amendment with an attachment that lists all of the affected TLDs.
To submit a Registry Operator Name Change Service request, an authorized user must submit a service case via the Naming Services portal. Please see the How to Guide below for additional details on submitting a request.