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Renewing an Existing Accreditation

An ICANN registrar accreditation is granted for a term of five years. In order for a registrar to maintain its accreditation, it must renew its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) every five years.

Registrars accredited under the 2009 RAA must sign onto the 2013 version of the RAA during the renewal process.

ICANN will attempt to contact every registrar by email approximately 90 days before the expiration date of its accreditation to inform the registrar of the upcoming expiration of its accreditation. This communication will identify any outstanding compliance issues involving the registrar and ask the registrar to confirm the accuracy of the registrar's contact information in ICANN's records.

Any registrar that wishes to renew its accreditation must ensure that:

  • it has no overdue invoice(s);
  • it is compliant with its Registrar Data Escrow requirements;
  • it has no other outstanding compliance issue(s).

Once it is determined that the registrar is in good standing, the RAA can be renewed.

It is important to note that registrars accredited under the 2009 RAA must affirmatively respond to ICANN's reminder notices if they wish to renew. If a registrar does not respond, the RAA will expire and the accreditation will lapse.

Registrars accredited under the 2013 RAA should respond to ICANN's renewal reminders, but a registrar's failure to respond will not result in the expiration of the agreement if the registrar is eligible for renewal. Registrars on the 2013 RAA are generally deemed eligible for renewal unless:

  1. the registrar no longer meets accreditation requirements;
  2. the registrar is not in compliance with its obligations under the agreement;
  3. ICANN has notified the registrar of three material breaches of the agreement in the two years preceding the agreement's expiration date; or
  4. the agreement was terminated prior to the expiration date.

Questions about the RAA renewal process should be directed to registrar@icann.org. Renewal reminder notices are sent from accredit@icann.org or registrar@icann.org.

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."