ICANN Changes Domain Validation Rules

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Business, Cloud, Web Development and SEO | 0 comments

ICANN Changes Domain Validation Rules

ICANN (the governing body for top level domain names) have introduced changes to your domain registration agreement. This change will affect all domain name owners because the domain name contact details supplied will now require validation. This change will begin on 1st January 2014 when ICANN will enforce a new process of validating domain name contact details. Domain names with invalid contact details will be suspended with a status of “ClientHold” until these details have been updated and verified.

All domain names are required to have accurate contact information associated with them as per the domain registration agreement. This information is collected when you register a domain name, and can be found and updated within the control panel of your domain admin. Domain owners that do not want this information to be publicly available can add Domain Privacy to their domain name.

Your contact details within your control panel must be accurate, even if you are using domain privacy to hide your details on a whois search.

How does domain validation work?

We will send an email to the Registrant contact of a domain name containing a link to validate your email address. Simply confirm that your details are correct and that you understand the domain registration agreement by clicking the link within the email.

What happens if my email address is invalid or out of date and I don’t receive the email?

As part of your registration agreement you have agreed to supply accurate up to date and valid details against your domain at all times. Within this new policy, if any ICANN WDRP (Whois Data Reminder Policy) emails bounce, or the 30 day or 5 day expiration notices bounce, then the email address is deemed invalid and the domain name will immediately be suspended and placed on “ClientHold”.

The following links may help you to understand more about ICANN: ICANN WDRP (Whois Data Reminder Policy)


ICANN Registrant Rights Educational


ICANN Registrants’ Benefits and Responsibilities


When will I be asked to validate my domain details?

You will be asked to confirm your details whenever you register or transfer a domain name. Domains approaching renewal will also trigger contact validation should the 30 day domain expiration email bounce back.

How long will I have to validate my email address?

You have 15 days to validate your domain name from the time that the first validation email is sent, we will send you further reminders after 5, 10 and 13 days within this validation window.

What happens if my domain is suspended?

If your domain name is suspended, you should log into your domain control panel and update your domain name contact records. Once these records are complete, contact us and we will resend you the validation email address. Simply click on the link within this email to validate your contact details and remove the suspension.

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