Tucows Domains

Whois Verification

When a domain is registered, or the contact details listed in Whois for a domain are modified, the updated information must be verified. This process is referred to as Whois Verification.

The Whois Verification process is simple:

An email containing a link to a confirmation page is sent to the Registrant, and they must then confirm the following fields:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Organization Name (If applicable)
  4. Email Address

The Whois verification process is triggered by the following:

  1. Registration of a new domain
  2. Transfer of a domain to a new owner (accomplished through updating the owner contact info)
  3. Minor updates to the owner contact information (Ex: From John Doe, john@doe.com to Johnathan Doe, john@doe.com

Note that this minor change to the first name is still legally considered a “transfer of ownership.” Click here for further info.

Important: When changes to the owner are made, we first check to see if a previously validated record exists for the updated combination of first name, last name, and email address. If an exact match exists, the domain will be considered validated and is therefore exempted from the Whois verification process. No further action is required.

When the owner contact details listed in a domain’s Whois info are modified, the Registrant is required to verify the changes within 15 days.