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What is the Certified Domain authorization and validation process?

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Recently Updated: April 2, 2009 11:18 AM

During the Certified Domain authorization and validation process, we verify the contact information listed in the Whois database contains accurate and valid contact information for the Administrative, Technical, and Registrant contacts. The process also includes a fraud screening and telephone verification. If the requester follows the proper procedure, we can generally process a Certified Domain request within minutes of submission.

NOTE: The Certified Domain authorization and validation process must be completed every two years for all Certified Domain holders.

For the telephone verification, we place an automated telephone call to the number listed for the Administrative, Technical, and Registrant contacts, and the calls must be completed before we can issue a Certified Domain seal. The phone verification helps validate the domain information.

You can use any valid U.S.-based or international phone number for the phone verification process, with the following exceptions:

  • Pre-paid mobile numbers
  • Toll-free numbers
  • Restricted numbers (including numbers that start with "0")
  • Numbers with the following area codes:
    • 411
    • 900
    • 911
  • Non-fixed VoIP (voice over IP) numbers