Transferring (Assigning) an ICANN Accreditation
The RAA includes a process that permits an ICANN-accredited registrar ("Transferor") to seek ICANN's approval to transfer (assign) its accreditation to another entity ("Transferee") that wishes to become an accredited registrar. The assignment process is distinct from a registrar purchase, which occurs when a new owner purchases or otherwise acquires an entire registrar entity (such as by purchase of the stock in a corporation). Registrars may use the following procedures to request ICANN's approval of a transfer of accreditation.
2013 RAA Assignment Procedure
Entities seeking ICANN's approval of the assignment of a registrar accreditation under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement must submit notice of any proposed assignment or any request for approval of assignment to ICANN at email@example.com. Within 30 days, ICANN may either (1) approve or deny the assignment, or (2) request additional information, which includes Registrar Accreditation application information1. If ICANN requests additional information, ICANN will have 60 days after the requested information was provided to either approve or deny the assignment.2
Note that this process is distinct from the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement's procedure for registrars to request ICANN's approval of an assignment involving wholly-owned subsidiaries and other related business entities, discussed in detail below.
ICANN will notify the parties in writing upon its approval of the registrar accreditation application.. Both parties must then enter into an Assignment and Assumption Agreement [PDF, 70 KB] acknowledging the assignment of the RAA. ICANN will then notify the parties in writing upon its approval of the transfer of accreditation. ICANN reserves the right to close any pending RAA assignment case and ask for resubmission if the Assignment and Assumption Agreement is not executed within 90 days of receiving ICANN's approval of the registrar accreditation application.
The Transferee will then assume and be responsible for all the existing RAA-related obligations and liabilities of the Transferor.
2013 RAA Assignment Procedure Involving Wholly-Owned Subsidiaries
The 2013 RAA provides a streamlined process for accredited registrars to request ICANN's approval of RAA transfers/assignments involving certain related business entities. The process can be used in instances where an ICANN-accredited registrar wishes to obtain ICANN's approval to assign its accreditation to a wholly-owned subsidiary or to the parent company of the ICANN-accredited registrar, or from one wholly-owned subsidiary to another wholly-owned subsidiary of the same parent company.
The Transferor is required to notify ICANN of the transfer of accreditation and must provide ICANN with official documentation demonstrating the required parent/subsidiary or subsidiary/subsidiary relationship of the Transferor and Transferee. This notification should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following documents must also be submitted:
- a document evidencing the Assignee's express assumption of the terms and conditions of the RAA. A template for this agreement is available at https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/assignment-assumption-agreement-2013-raa-04nov15-en.pdf [PDF, 43 KB],
- a Primary Contact Update [PDF, 184 KB] form (if primary contact information will be updated as a result of the transfer), and
- an updated Registrar Information Specification form [XLSX, 111 KB], including a proof of Business Registration of the Transferee, a Proof of Good Standing document for the Transferee, and a list of the Transferee's officers and directors.
1 If ICANN does not approve or deny the application, nor request additional information within 30 days, the request deemed approved.
2 If ICANN does not approve or deny the application within 60 days of its receipt of the requested information, the request is deemed approved.