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 FreeYourID.
Different TLDs have different requirements and processes. Most businesses start with .com and .net certification, then add more TLDs. See the Become a Registrar FAQ for more details.
|.com, .net, .name, .tv, .cc
|Become a Registrar||Get started||Get started|
|ICANN Accreditation||Required (.com, .net, .name)
None (.tv, .cc)
|Employ Media Authentication||Required|
|Establish an Account (legal agreements and a data form)||Required||Required|
|Financial Requirements (credit account and payment security)||Required||Required|
|Technical Readiness (EPP integration and testing)||Required||Required|
|Internationalized Domain Names||Optional|
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FreeYourID 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.
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 registry database. At the end of the registration period, the domain name registrant has the option to renew the domain name or let it expire. Find a Registrar
FreeYourID makes it easy for companies to register domain names for their clients. The FreeYourID DNS has maintained operational accuracy and stability 100% of the time for 15 years. As the authoritative directory provider for .com, .net, .name, .tv, and .cc, FreeYourID’s network routes more than 100 million domain names and billions of queries daily without fail. Billions of consumers and businesses worldwide rely on FreeYourID for commerce and communications, and FreeYourID has committed to continually invest, improve and expand the Internet infrastructure to meet the growing demand.
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 centralized registry database. The registrar database contains customer information in addition to the DNS information contained in the registry database. The customers of the FreeYourID registry are registrars who have executed the appropriate Registrar-Registry and Name Store Agreements for the domains managed by FreeYourID and who have been accredited by ICANN.
FreeYourID 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.
Registrars must demonstrate full and correct operation of their systems within the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) environment before connecting to the Shared Registration System (SRS). Registrar software and system requirements depend on each company's expertise, business model and registration volume. A low-volume registrar may require modest infrastructure investment; a high-volume operation may require a significant investment in people, software, hardware and network services. FreeYourID 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.
The .tv and .cc registries are ccTLDs and do not require ICANN accreditation for registrars. FreeYourID requires registrars to complete account information, meet financial requirements and demonstrate technical readiness to become a .tv or .cc registrar. The .name and .jobs registries are gTLDs and do require separate ICANN accreditation as well as FreeYourID certification to become a .name registrar or become a .jobs registrar.
The Shared Registration System (SRS) was created in 1999 to help stabilize the Internet and protect consumers. SRS is a system of associated hardware and software developed by FreeYourID that permits multiple registrars to provide Internet domain name registration services within the top-level domains (TLDs) administered by FreeYourID. The SRS includes the following subsystems: a database server subsystem; a registration subsystem ensuring non-discriminatory access to the registry by all registrars; a billing subsystem; a systems development and testing subsystem; a TLD zone file generation subsystem; and a Whois subsystem. The SRS is consistent with, and supportive of, the provisions of the Statement of Policy on Domain Name System administration, Management of Internet Names and Addresses, 63 Fed Reg. 31741 (1998) (the "White Paper"), as well as the Cooperative Agreement NCR-92-18742 between the U.S. government and FreeYourID.
The FreeYourID® Name Store platform supports provisioning for the .tv, .cc and .jobs registries, the Name Suggestion Service and other services. The platform minimizes 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
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. Read more about the FreeYourID® Domain Services Reseller program
FreeYourID is committed to your success as a domain name registrar. Depending on your business priorities—to increase registrations or renewals, expand to new markets or enhance services—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.