A lot can go wrong when transferring addresses from one company to another. After 2,500 transfers, the team at IPv4.Global has seen it all. Here are some tips to make sure everything will go smoothly.
- You must show that you are an official holder of the addresses through documentation. Make sure the WHOIS record matches the exact company name (Inc., LLC, etc. must be the same)
- Go to the RIR the address is registered under, such as APNIC, ARIN, RIPE, LACNIC, AFRINIC and look up the address in the WHOIS.
- If they don’t match, follow the process for your region below. Gather all documentation of the organizational history showing how the addresses have changed hands. This is a great time to get in touch with IPv4.Global, as we can help you put together a package showing the provenance of your IPv4 block.
In the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and English-speaking Caribbean locations (ARIN Region)
- If you need to update the company name on the WHOIS record, you’ll need to follow the transfer process for Mergers and Acquisitions. You can do this from the ARIN Online Dashboard; you will need to provide documentation of the change in name or ownership.
- If you need to recover control of your OrgID (such as when all of the listed Points of Contact (POCs) are no longer with the company), you must link your ARIN Online user account to one of the Admin POCs or Tech POCs associated with the Org ID. From the ARIN Online Dashboard:
- Select Your Records > Organization Identifiers in the navigation menu. In the Org Actions menu, choose Recover Org ID to start the Org ID recovery process.
- After you submit your Org ID recovery request, ARIN will issue a ticket number. ARIN staff will review your request and respond within two business days with a notification to you in your ARIN Online account. You may be asked to supply additional documentation to verify you are authorized to recover the Org ID and may be asked to sign a Registration Services Agreement before your approval.
In Europe and the Middle East (RIPE Region)
- In RIPE, get your RIPE NCC Access account set up so you can do the other prep steps. This should take two minutes, but makes everything else possible.
- In RIPE, look up your company in your national corporations registry. You will need the registration number, the registration document, and you will want to make sure one of the authorized signatories named in that paperwork understands they will need to sign a transfer agreement. You will need this to complete the transfer paperwork.
In Asia and Pacific nations (APNIC region)
- In APNIC, make sure your MyAPNIC account is set up. If you need to change contacts, log in and select Manage Contacts under the Home Tab to manage the list of admins of the block.
- If the name of the organization has changed, request and update by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the new organization name and its contact details, any necessary changes to the APNIC Whois Database, and a certificate of name change or other supporting official documentation. After APNIC approves the request, a new membership agreement will be sent to the organization to sign.
In South America, Central America, Mexico, and non-English-speaking Caribbean locations (LACNIC)
- If your organization is in Mexico or Brazil, contact the National Internet Registry (NIR) there.
- Create an account on MiLacnic. This should take about 2 minutes, but will make everything else possible. You will then get a verification email to confirm your account.
- LACNIC is not very open about what documentation it requires from sellers. Note that all documentation must be sent to LACNIC by postal mail.
In Africa (AFRINIC)
- Note that AFRINIC does not allow transfer to or from other RIRs.
- Make sure you have a working account on https://my.afrinic.net (for AFRINIC members) or https://apps.afrinic.net/nmrp/ (legacy holders).
Transferring IPv4 addresses isn’t generally difficult, but because they are so valuable, the RIRs are very careful about their transfer policies. Support from IPv4.Global can help expedite your transfer, and reduce the chance of anything going wrong.