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Become a Domain Name Registrar

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.


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) Required (2013 RAA) Required (2013 RAA)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the non-profit organisation that has responsibility for managing the Domain Name System (DNS). Businesses must be accredited by ICANN before beginning the registrar on-boarding process with Verisign. Registrars who wish to offer gTLDs under ICANN’s New gTLD Programme 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 on-boarding process with Verisign.


Required Conditional Conditional

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 on-boarding 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 Required 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 Required 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 Conditional Conditional

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.

Internationalised Domain Names

Optional Optional Conditional

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.

Learn features and benefits of the domain names powered by Verisign.

Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs)

As the world’s economy becomes increasingly globalised, 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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How Domain Name Registration Works

Domain names are registered for a period of 1 to 10 years by an individual or an organisation. 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 23 years. As the registry operator for multiple TLDs.com, .net, .name, .tv, .cc, .コム, .닷컴, .닷넷, 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.

Registrar FAQ

What is a registrar?

Registrars process name registrations for domain name registrants and then send the necessary domain name system (DNS) information to a registry for entry into the centralised registry database.

What are the financial requirements established by Verisign for becoming a registrar for one of the TLDs supported by Verisign?

Verisign requires registrars to complete a credit application and establish a payment security based on expected monthly registration volume. The payment security is held without action unless invoices are not paid in accordance with the terms of Registry-Registrar Agreements.

What are the technical requirements established by Verisign for becoming a registrar for one of the TLDs supported by Verisign?

Registrars must demonstrate full and correct operation of their systems within the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) environment before connecting to Verisign’s Shared Registration System (SRS). 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.

If I am ICANN-accredited for .com and .net, can I add other TLDs?

Registrars for all gTLDs operating under ICANN’s New gTLD framework are required to sign the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with ICANN. The .tv and .cc registries are ccTLDs and do not require registrars to be ICANN accredited. Verisign requires registrars to complete account information, meet financial requirements and demonstrate technical readiness to become a .tv or .cc registrar. The .name registry is a gTLD and does require separate ICANN accreditation as well as Verisign certification to become a .name registrar.

What is the Shared Registry System?

The Shared Registration System (SRS) is a system of associated hardware and software developed by Verisign that permits multiple registrars to provide internet domain name registration services within the top-level domains (TLDs) administered by Verisign. The SRS includes the following subsystems: a database server subsystem; a registration subsystem; a billing subsystem; a systems development and testing subsystem; a TLD zone file generation subsystem; and a Whois subsystem.

What is the Name Store platform?

The Verisign® Name Store platform supports provisioning for multiple TLDs, the Name Suggestion Service and other services. The platform helps to minimise implementation lead times. To add new products, complete the appropriate service order or registry-registrar agreements and then update your EPP mappings. Visit EPP SDKs for guides and updates.

Is it possible to offer domain name registration without becoming a registrar?

You do not have to be a registrar to offer registration services. For example, small and medium-sized Web hosting and design companies worldwide have partnered with certified registrars to resell .com and .net in their local markets. Social networking and community sites might resell .name domain names to help customers establish an individual identity online.

What other services does Verisign provide to support registrars?

Verisign is committed to your success as a domain name registrar—and we have many tools, resources and registry products to help. Value-added products for current registrars help you keep pace with industry trends and news, target customers using intelligence about the domain names you manage and provide administrative tools to improve renewals and offer more relevant domain name suggestions.