Registry Lock Procedure

Registry Lock Procedure

What is Registry Lock?

Registry Lock is a service offered by the .ME Registry to protect a registered .ME domain from unauthorized transfer, updates and deletion.

When a .ME domain is authorized for Registry Lock, the domain name will be updated by the Registry with the following statuses that are visible in WHOIS:

  • serverDeleteProhibited
  • serverTransferProhibited
  • serverUpdateProhibited                                                                                      The Registrar may in addition update the label with
  • clientDeleteProhibited
  • clientTransferProhibited
  • clientUpdateProhibited

The protections set by the Registry (serverDeleteProhibited, serverTransferProhibited and serverUpdateProhibited) enable a high security level to prevent unauthorized transactions connected to the domain.

Detailed descriptions of the EPP status codes can be found at https://www.icann.org/epp.

Limitations 

  • The Registry Lock service is only applicable to second level registrations of .ME domains and third level of .co.me/.org.me/.net.me/.its.me/.priv.me.
  • The Registry Lock service will enable security for contact and host objects as registered on Registry level. Any additional information maintained by the sponsoring registrar will not be protected for updates.
  • Registry Lock service can only be executed for registrations sponsored by the requesting Registrar.
  • Delete within Renew Grace Period: In the event a Registrar wishes to delete a domain after a renewal they will be unable to do so unless they contact Afilias Technical Support with the Registry Technical Support in cc to have the Registry Lock removed. In the case of auto renew, because the auto renew grace period is 45 days, this should not be considered a substantial issue. However, with explicit renewals there is only a 5 day grace period. The registrar will need to contact Afilias Technical Support with the Registry Technical Support in cc within this period and delete the name in order to receive a refund. Afilias Technical Support will organize a conference call with the Registrar after they receive approval from the Registry Technical Support.

Registry Lock Procedure 

First time setup

  1. Registrar level –The registrar will fill in “Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrar” and send it to Afilias Technical Support with the Registry Technical Support in cc. The form should include at least one registrant’s authorized contact’s email.
  2. Registry support level – Registry Technical Support will send a confirmation email to registrant’s authorized contact’s email indicated in the “Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrar” along with the “Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrant” in the attachment. The subject line of the email will contain the domain name(s) and the body of the email will contain the request for confirmation of the registrar’s requested action (First time setup).
  3. Registrant level – The Registrant will fill out the “Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrant” and send it to Registry Technical Support.

Locking domain name

Authorized contact at the Registrar provides a .txt or .csv file with a list of domains to be placed on Registry Lock via a service ticket to Afilias Technical Support with the Registry Technical Support in cc.

The .txt or .csv file will contain the list of domain names, one name per line.

Afilias Technical Support will verify that list of domains provided by the registrar are owned by the registrar. Afilias Technical Support will contact the registrar if the sponsoring registrar does not match – these labels will not be able to be locked. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The Registry Technical Support will send request for registrant confirmation by email to the authorized contacts listed in Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrant and Registrar may inform authorized registrant contacts that the procedure has been initiated and ask them to respond in timely manner. The subject line of the email will contain the domain name(s) and the body of the email will contain the request for confirmation of the registrar’s requested action (Locking Domain Name). If an authorized contact rejects the request, complete procedure will be canceled.

Afilias Technical Support will organize a conference call with the Registrar after they receive approval from the Registry Technical Support.

Afilias Technical Support will confirm the list of domains to be put on Registry Lock with the Registrar on the phone.

Afilias Technical Support will set new server statuses from the domain name(s) provided by the Registrar.

Afilias Technical Support will place the domain names, contacts and hosts provided by the registrar on server statuses and specify reason “registry-lock”

Afilias Technical Support will inform the Registrar by responding using the initial service ticket that their request has been completed. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The domain name registrant or its representative will be informed that the subject domain is locked by the Registry in the way the Registrar have defined. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.  

Unlocking domain name for updates

This procedure allows a registrar to perform transformations (update, transfer, delete) on a domain(s) that is enrolled in the Registry Lock service.

Authorized contact at the Registrar provides a .txt or .csv file with a list of domains to be removed from Registry Lock via a service ticket to Afilias Technical Support. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The .txt or .csv file will contain the list of domain names, one name per line.

Afilias Technical Support will verify that list of domains provided by the registrar are owned by the registrar. Afilias Technical Support will contact the registrar if the sponsoring registrar does not match – these labels will not be able to be unlocked. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The Registry Technical Support will send request for registrant confirmation by email to the authorized contacts listed in Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrant and Registrar may inform authorized registrant contacts that the procedure has been initiated and ask them to respond in timely manner. The subject line of the email will contain the domain name(s) and the body of the email will contain the request for confirmation of the registrar’s requested action (Unlocking domain name for updates) The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.  If an authorized contact rejects the request, complete procedure will be canceled.

Afilias Technical Support will organize a conference call with the Registrar after they receive approval from the Registry Technical Support.

Afilias Technical Support will confirm the list of domains to be removed from Registry Lock with the Registrar on the phone.

Afilias Technical Support will remove the server statuses from the domain name(s) provided by the Registrar.

Afilias Technical Support will inform the Registrar by responding using the initial service ticket that their request has been completed. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The Registrar will perform their desired operations on the domain name(s) and confirm this by responding to the initial service ticket. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

Afilias Technical Support will place the domain back onto Registry Lock once the Registrar has completed their operations or after 24-hours (whichever comes first).

The domain name registrant or its representative will be informed that the subject domain is locked by the Registry in the way the Registrar have defined. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.  

Cancellation of the Registry Lock service

This procedure describes the method in which a registrar can cancel the Registry Lock service for any domain(s) that are enrolled.

Authorized contact at the Registrar provides a .txt or .csv file with a list of domains to be removed from Registry Lock via a service ticket.

The .txt or .csv file will contain the list of domain names, one name per line. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

Afilias Technical Support will verify that list of domains provided by the registrar are owned by the registrar. Afilias Technical Support will contact the registrar if the sponsoring registrar does not match – the Registry Lock service will not be cancelled. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The Registry Technical Support will send request for registrant confirmation by email to the authorized contacts listed in Registry Lock Authorization Form for Registrant and Registrar may inform authorized registrant contacts that the procedure has been initiated and ask them to respond in timely manner. The subject line of the email will contain the domain name(s) and the body of the email will contain the request for confirmation of the registrar’s requested action (Cancellation of the Registry Lock Service). If an authorized contact rejects the request, complete procedure will be canceled. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

Afilias Technical Support will organize a conference call with the Registrar after they receive approval from the Registry Technical Support.

Afilias Technical Support will confirm the list of domains to be removed from Registry Lock with the Registrar on the phone.

Afilias Technical Support will remove the server statuses from the domain name(s) provided by the registrar.

Afilias Technical Support will inform the registrar using the initial service ticket that their request has been completed. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.

The domain name registrant or its representative will be informed that the subject domain is locked by the Registrar in the way the Registrar have defined. The Registry Technical Support will be cc’ed in all email correspondence.  

Offering the .ME Registry Lock Service

In order to offer .ME Registry Lock, Registrars must sign Registry Lock Service Appendix. This Appendix contains specific terms and pricing for the .ME Registry Lock Service. For a copy of the Appendix please contact us directly.  

Registry Lock Invoicing

Registry Lock charges will appear on the Statement as “Registry Lock”, and will be charged annually per domain name. Registry Lock charges will be deducted from the Registrar account in January the following year. The Registry lock invoice will be issued for the year.

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