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Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) Amendment Procedure to be used with Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

ICANN Procedure for Registry-Registrar Agreement Amendments (to be used only with Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data)

Per Section 6.3.2 of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, the ICANN organization has developed the following process for gTLD registry operators to submit amendments to their Registry-Registrar Agreements (RRAs) to include the approved language for the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data. This process is designed only for registry operators adopting the approved language for the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data.

NOTE: For all other Registry-Registrar Agreement Amendments or for changes that are not substantially similar to the approved form, the registry is required to follow the existing Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) Amendment Procedure and obtain ICANN approval.

Steps for registry operators to follow to amend their Registry-Registrar Agreements in accordance with Section 6.3.2 of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data:

  1. The registry requesting the amendment must provide ICANN with a cover note [PDF, 34 KB] attesting that the registry operator is updating its Registry-Registrar Agreement only to incorporate the approved provisions included in the model Registry-Registrar Agreement Amendment Terms [PDF, 59 KB] along with the CLEAN and REDLINE of the Registry-Registrar Agreement incorporating the approved Temporary Specification for gTLD language.

    The registry should submit the cover note and the CLEAN and REDLINE versions of the Registry-Registrar Agreement via the Naming Services portal by creating a new Registry-Registrar Agreement Amendment case. For registries who operate more than one (1) gTLD, the registry operator must identify which TLDs the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement applies. This can be provided within the cover note, as an attachment to the cover note, or as an attachment to the Registry-Registrar Agreement.

  2. ICANN will acknowledge receipt of the submission via the portal. Once the registry operator receives the acknowledgement from ICANN, the registry operator can send the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement to its registrars. If the Registry-Registrar Agreement is incorporated into the registry agreement, ICANN will publish the updated version on the registry agreement website.

Please email the ICANN Global Support Center at globalsupport@icann.org with any questions.

RRA Amendment Cover Note for Temporary Specification modifications [PDF, 34 KB]

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