International English version Traditional Chinese version
Domain Registration with Web HostingWeb site Hosting with Various supportRegistrar Transfer with Web Hosting

Remember to act before the compliance date, 31st October 2003

Whois Data Reminder Policy (WDRP)

According to ICANN, at least annually, a registrar must present to the registrant the current Whois information, and remind the registrant that provision of false Whois information can be grounds for cancellation of their domain name registration. Registrants must review their Whois data, and make any corrections.

Introduction to WDRP

The Whois Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) was adopted by ICANN as a consensus policy on 27 March 2003. All ICANN-accredited registrars must comply with the WDRP with respect to registrations they sponsor in all top-level domains for which they are accredited. Details of compliance requirements are provided in the following.

Process by which the Policy was adopted

The WDRP was established as a consensus policy by ICANN Board resolution 03.41, which was adopted by a 13-1-0 vote by ICANN's Board of Directors on 27 March 2003. It was one of four policies concerning Whois issues that the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council, by a 21-3-0 vote on 20 February 2003, recommended be established as consensus policies.

The GNSO Council and Board votes were based on the Final Report of the GNSO Council's Whois Task Force on Whois Data Accuracy and Bulk Access. That report documented the extent of agreement and disagreement among impacted groups, the outreach process used to seek to achieve adequate representation of the views of groups that are likely to be impacted, and the nature and intensity of reasoned support and opposition to the proposed policy.

The report was posted on the ICANN web site on 11 March 2003, with a call for public comment. Various public comments were received and considered by the Board, and the report was discussed at the ICANN Public Forum session held in Rio de Janeiro on 26 March 2003.

Pursuant to Resolution 03.42, notice of the adoption of this policy was given to all registrars on 16 June 2003.

Time for coming into compliance

As provided in subsections 3.7.8, 4.1 and 4.4 of the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement, all ICANN-accredited registrars must come into compliance with the WDRP by their "Compliance Date," as described in the next two sentences. The Compliance Date for registrars accredited before 16 June 2003 is 31 October 2003. The Compliance Date for registrars accredited after 16 June 2003 is the effective date of their accreditation agreements.

Beginning on its Compliance Date, each registrar must provide, before the passage of the anniversary of the creation date of each registration the registrar sponsors, a WDRP Notice (described below) to the registrant for that registration. By way of example, a registrar with a Compliance Date of 31 October 2003 is required to give a WRDP notice for registrations it sponsors on the following schedule:

Compliance date is 31 October 2003
Domain Type Creation Date WDRP notice required no later than

Note: WDRP Notices for registrations with creation dates of 29 February may be given no later than 1 March in non-leap years.

What the WDRP notice must include

Each WDRP notice must include a copy of the data elements listed in RAA subsection 3.3.1 as contained in the registrar's database for each registration, plus a statement reminding the registrant that under the terms of the registration agreement the provision of false Whois information can be grounds for cancellation of a domain name registration.

How, and to whom, the WDRP notice may be presented

The WDRP Notice can be presented via web, fax, postal mail, e-mail, or other appropriate means. It can be presented in one or more languages, including at least the language of the registration agreement. The Notice may be presented to the registrant either directly or through the administrative contact for each registration.

Documentation requirements

Registrars must maintain either copies of each WDRP Notice or an electronic database documenting the date and time, the addressee, and the content, of each WDRP notice sent under this policy. Registrars shall make these records available for inspection by ICANN in accordance with the usual terms of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement. ICANN will consider proper notification to have been given for a registration if the registrar can show that a WDRP Notice meeting the requirements stated above was given at any time in the year before each anniversary of the registration's creation date (for anniversary dates on or after the Compliance Date).

Model WDRP notice (modified)

In order to assist registrars in preparing the required notice, ICANN has provided the following sample Model WDRP notice. Please note this sample is a modified version of the original sample provided by ICANN.

Dear Customer,

This message is a reminder to help you keep the contact data associated with your domain registration up-to-date. Our records include the following information:

 Status: Active


 Created: 1996-11-01
 Expired: 2005-11-01
 Last Modified: 2003-11-01 18:19:21

 Registrant contact:
     Batman-in-Halloween Party Inc.
     Bruce Wayne (
     3270 Tennis Court, Letme Drive #112
     Gothham City, NY 21210, US
     P: +1.2105551212   F: +1.2105551212

 Administrative contact:
     Bruce Wayne (
     3270 Tennis Court, Letme Drive #112
     Gothham City, NY 21210, US
     P: +1.2105551212   F: +1.2105551212

 Technical contact:
     Wyith Ltd - Labs/NOC-HK
     System Administrator (
     7th Fl., No.4 Kamhong Street
     North Point - HK
     P: +852.25121808   F: +852.25120378

If any of the information above is inaccurate, you must correct it by visiting our website. (If your review indicates that all of the information above is accurate, you do not need to take any action.) Please remember that under the terms of your registration agreement, the provision of false Whois information can be grounds for cancellation of your domain name registration.

Thank you for your attention.

Best regards,
Your ICANN-accredited registrar

If your domain name is protected

It is possible that you do not receive such email. In this case your domain name should be under our protection against fraudulent registrar transfers and so you will need to update your Whois information in the Domain Manager. Please note that the registrant and administrative contacts in the Whois information for your domain, when placed under our registrar transfer protection, will look like the following. Note that your email address is now not listed. You can always unlock your domain and disable this feature in the Domain Manager.

 Registrant contact:
     Batman-in-Halloween Party Inc.
     Bruce Wayne (
     3270 Tennis Court, Letme Drive #112
     Gothham City, NY 21210, US
     P: +1.2105551212   F: +1.2105551212

 Administrative contact:
     Bruce Wayne (
     3270 Tennis Court, Letme Drive #112
     Gothham City, NY 21210, US
     P: +1.2105551212   F: +1.2105551212

Original version of the document

This document is a copy of the original ICANN announcement. You can find the original version of this document by clicking here.

multiple names | IDNs or multilinguals 

Related information

Whois Data Reminder Policy - A White Elephant?
Statement of the International Trademark Association, Internet Domain Name Fraud

Home | Support | Check | Host | Transfer | Whois | More Technology Services

© 1996-2008 Wyith Ltd dba All rights reserved.

Canada | USA | UK | Belgium | Italy | Hongkong | Singapore