Become a Domain Name Registrar

With the reliability and scale of Verisign domains, you can provide your customers with a complete Web services package.

When you become a registrar, you establish a steady, renewable revenue stream for your business and provide your customers with a more complete Web services package. To register domain names in these TLDs, you must become a domain name registrar with Verisign.

HOW TO BECOME A REGISTRAR

To register domain names in Top Level Domains (“TLDs”) supported by Verisign, such as .com and .net, you must first become a domain name registrar.

Different TLDs supported by Verisign have different requirements and processes. Most businesses start with .com and .net certification, and then add more TLDs.

.com, .net, .name, .tv, .cc
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ICANN Accreditation

Required (.com, .net, .name)
 None (.tv, .cc)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the non-profit organization that has responsibility for managing the Domain Name System (DNS). Businesses must be accredited by ICANN before beginning the registrar onboarding process with Verisign. Registrars who wish to offer gTLDs under ICANN’s New gTLD Program must enter into the 2013 version of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with ICANN and meet other ICANN requirements. Verisign has no control over how long the ICANN accreditation process may take. ccTLDsCountry Code Top Level Domains such as .tv and .cc do not require ICANN accreditation.



Non-Verisign gTLD Authentication

Verisign performs back end registry services for a number of gTLDsBANK, BROKER, CAREER, CFD, FOREX, JOBS, MARKETS, OOO, SPREADBETTING, TRADING. To become a registrar for any of these gTLDs, you will need to execute a Registry-Registrar Agreement (“RRA”) with the Registry Operator for the gTLD prior to beginning the registrar onboarding process with Verisign.

Authentication

Required

Before establishing an account, Verisign requires each business to be authenticated. Authentication means providing proof of your business and your authority to represent and act on behalf of your company. After you have been accredited by ICANN and, in the case of non-Verisign gTLDs, the gTLD Registry Operator initiates contact with Verisign to begin the TLD onboarding process, we will ask a Verisign vendor to contact you and request documents for authentication. For .tv and .cc, authentication is triggered when you submit your account information. If you have been authenticated by Verisign for a TLD before, you may not need authentication to add another TLD.

Establish an Account (legal agreements and data forms)

Required

Each TLD has its own set of required agreements and forms. Complete the required documents and return them to Verisign. When approved, Verisign will send you a username and password for the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) environment.

Financial Requirements (credit account and payment security)

Required

Verisign requires registrars to establish a payment security based on expected monthly registrations. Existing registrars may use their existing payment security to support additional TLD transactions. If you expect a considerable increase in your monthly transaction volume or plan to offer premium TLDs, you must re-evaluate the amount of your payment security and adjust it accordingly.

Technical Readiness (EPP integration and testing)

Required

Registrars must demonstrate full and correct operation of client systems within the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) environment before connecting to the Verisign Shared Registration System (SRS). Registrar software and system requirements depend on each company's expertise, business model and registration volume. Verisign offers Software Development Kits (SDKs) and implementation guides to assist registrars. Our global support desk is available 24/7 with assistance in 150 different languages.

Internationalized Domain Names

Optional

Enable Internet users to navigate and communicate online in their preferred script or language, transforming the Internet into a truly global and multilingual tool. By adding IDNs to your TLD domain name options, registrars have the opportunity to expand services and potentially increase revenues. Not all gTLDs offer IDNs.

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Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)

As the world’s economy becomes increasingly globalized, Verisign is introducing IDNs to enable businesses and individuals in non-English speaking communities to access the Internet in their own native script.

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Offer Domain Names Without Becoming a Registrar

Verisign has established a referral process to help companies interested in offering domain name registrations without becoming a certified registrar. To become a domain name reseller, complete the application form.

How Domain Name Registration Works

Domain names are registered for a period of 1 to 10 years by an individual or an organization. A user contacts a registrar or reseller to register a domain name. The registrar verifies that the domain name is available by checking with the registry that manages the corresponding TLD. If it is available, the registrar registers the domain name with the registry, which adds it to the domain registry database. At the end of the registration period, the domain name registrar, on behalf of the registrant, has the option to renew the domain name or may delete it at any time.

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Unmatched Reliability and Scale

Verisign makes it easy for companies to register domain names for their clients. Verisign, a trusted registry operator, has maintained the Verisign DNS for .com and .net with 100% uninterrupted accuracy and stability for more than 18 years. As the registry operator for multiple TLDs.com, .net, .name, .tv, .cc, .コム, Verisign’s network routes more than 133.5 million domain names and billions of queries daily. Billions of consumers and businesses worldwide rely on Verisign for commerce and communications.

To learn more about industry trends, see the Domain Name Industry Brief or learn more about Verisign's registrar products.