Renewing an Existing Accreditation
An ICANN registrar accreditation is granted for a term of five (5) years. In order for a registrar to maintain its accreditation, it must renew its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) every five (5) years.
ICANN will attempt to contact every registrar by email approximately ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date of its accreditation to inform the registrar of the upcoming expiration of its accreditation. This communication will identify any registrar-related outstanding compliance issues involving the registrar and ask the registrar to confirm the accuracy of the registrar's contact information within ICANN's records.
Any registrar that intends to renew its accreditation must ensure the following:
- it has no overdue invoice(s);
- it is compliant with its Registrar Data Escrow requirements;
- it has not been given notice by ICANN of three (3) or more material breaches of its RAA within the two (2) years preceding the RAA's expiration date;
- the registrar confirms that it meets the ICANN registrar accreditation eligibility criteria listed in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement and the registrar accreditation application.
- the primary contact or designee has completed the Registrar Training course at ICANN Learn;
Once it is determined that the registrar is in good standing, the RAA can be renewed.
Registrars accredited under the 2013 RAA should respond to ICANN's renewal reminders. Registrars on the 2013 RAA are generally deemed eligible for renewal unless:
- the registrar no longer meets accreditation requirements;
- the registrar is not in compliance with its obligations under the agreement;
- ICANN has notified the registrar of three material breaches of the agreement in the two years preceding the agreement's expiration date; or
- the agreement was terminated prior to the expiration date.