ICANN has made changes to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement which affects all new registrations or changes being made to the WHOIS contact information on your domain. These changes will take effect starting January 2014.
The WHOIS information for your domain is important to be correct and complete in case there is ever any dispute over the ownership of the domain name. These changes are meant to ensure that valid contact information properly links the domain name to the owner of the domain. Incomplete, or incorrect domain name ownership information can negatively affect the website or email addresses being used with it.
ICANN New Domain Registration Changes
All new domain registrations having a new registrant contact will trigger a confirmation email to be sent to the new registrant’s email with a link that must be clicked to verify the email address.
Verifying your email address is easy and can be done in a single click. You have a period of 15 days to verify your new contact information before it will be applied to your domain. ICANN mandates that failure to reply to the email can result in suspension of your domain name.
If you have already verified your contact information and use the same registrant again for other domains, you will not have to verify your address again.
ICANN Existing Domains
These changes also apply to domains that you already own.
When updating your WHOIS contact information for your existing domain name, the new registrant contact will receive an email with a verification link that must be clicked in order to validate the address.
If this registrant has already responded to a verification email then you will not have to re-verify it again.
You have a period of 15 days to verify your new contact information before it will be applied to your domain. ICANN mandates that failure to reply to the email can result in suspension of your domain name.