December 12, 2016 On 1 December 2016, a new ICANN transfer policy came into effect. While the former ICANN policy applied to transfers of domain names between Registrars, the new rules will apply to transfers from registrar to registrar and/or from registrant to registrant.
The implications of this new policy however are that even in the absence of a domain name transfer to a new registrant, minor changes to a registrant’s contact details (change of email address or telephone number) will now be considered as a change of registrant and will trigger the equivalent of a transfer procedure, i.e. the registrar must obtain approval from the registrant before making the changes. After obtaining approval, an email will be sent to the registrant or his agent for validation. Once this has been done, the domain name will be locked for sixty days. The registrant can, however, decide to opt out of the sixty day lock. In the event of a transfer, the current registrant (assignor) can opt out of the lock.
The new rules also provide that in the event of a transfer between registrants, the current registrar must inform the prior registrant (assignor) that if his intention is to transfer the domain name to a different registrar, he is advised to request the inter-registrar transfer before the change of registrant to avoid triggering the 60-day lock.
These new rules apply to all gTLDs maintained by IANA
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