Amazon Route 53
Developer Guide (API Version 2013-04-01)

Updating Contact Information and Ownership for a Domain

For the administrative and technical contacts for a domain, you can change all contact information without having to authorize the changes. For more information, see Updating Contact Information for a Domain.

For the registrant contact, you can change most values without having to authorize the changes. However, for some TLDs, changing the owner of a domain requires authorization. For more information, see the applicable topic.

Who Is the Owner of a Domain?

When the contact type is Person and you change the First Name or Last Name fields for the registrant contact, you change the owner of the domain.

When the contact type is any value except Person and you change Organization, you change the owner of the domain.

Note the following about changing the owner of a domain:

  • For some TLDs, there's a fee to change the owner of a domain. To determine whether there's a fee for the TLD for your domain, see the "Change Ownership Price" column in Amazon Route 53 Pricing for Domain Registration.

    Note

    You can't use AWS credits to pay the fee, if any, to change the owner of a domain.

  • For some TLDs, when you change the owner of a domain, we send an authorization email to the email address for the registrant contact. The registrant contact must follow the instructions in the email to authorize the change.

  • For some TLDs, you need to fill out a Change of Domain Ownership Form and provide proof of identity so that an Amazon Route 53 support engineer can update the values for you. If the TLD for your domain requires a Change of Domain Ownership form, the console displays a message that links to a form for opening a support case. For more information, see Changing the Owner of a Domain When Special Processing Is Required.

Updating Contact Information for a Domain

To update contact information for a domain, perform the following procedure.

To update contact information for a domain

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Route 53 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/route53/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Registered Domains.

  3. Choose the name of the domain that you want to update contact information for.

  4. Choose Edit Contacts.

  5. If you're changing the email address for the registrant contact, perform the following steps. If you aren't changing the email address for the registrant contact, skip to step 6.

    1. Change only the email address for the registrant contact. Don't change any other values for any of the contacts for the domain. If you also want to change other values, you change them later in the process.

    2. Choose Save.

      We send email to the new email address. The email asks for authorization for the change of email address.

    3. Choose the link in the email to authorize the change to the email address for the registrant contact.

      If we don't receive authorization for the change within 3 to 15 days, depending on the top-level domain, we must cancel the request as required by ICANN.

    4. After you authorize the change, if you want to change other values for any of the contacts for the domain, return to step 1 and repeat the procedure.

  6. Update the applicable values. For more information, see Values that You Specify When You Register or Transfer a Domain.

    Depending on the TLD for your domain and the values that you're changing, the console might display the following message:

    "To change the registrant name or organization, open a case."

    If you see that message, skip the rest of this procedure and see Changing the Owner of a Domain When Special Processing Is Required for more information.

  7. Choose Save.

  8. If you changed the domain owner, as described in Who Is the Owner of a Domain?, we send email to the registrant contact for the domain. The email asks for authorization for the change of owner.

    If we don't receive authorization for the change within 3 to 15 days, depending on the top-level domain, we must cancel the request as required by ICANN.

    The email comes from one of the following email addresses.

    TLDs Email address that authorization email comes from

    .fr

    nic@nic.fr

    All others

    One of the following email addresses:

    • noreply@registrar.amazon.com

    • noreply@domainnameverification.net

  9. If you encounter issues while updating contact information, you can contact AWS Support for free. For more information, see Contacting AWS Support About Domain Registration Issues.

Changing the Owner of a Domain When Special Processing Is Required

When you change the owner of a domain, the registries for some TLDs require special processing:

To determine whether the value you're changing is considered a change of owner, see Who Is the Owner of a Domain?.

To change the owner of a domain when the registry requires a Change of Domain Ownership form

  1. See the introduction to this topic to determine whether the registry for your domain requires special processing to change the owner of the domain. If so, and if a Change of Domain Ownership form is required, continue with this procedure.

    If no Change of Domain Ownership form is required, perform the procedure in the applicable topic instead.

  2. Download the Change of Domain Ownership Form.

  3. Fill out the form.

  4. For the registrant contact for the former owner of the domain and for the new owner, get a copy of a signed proof of identity (identity card, driver's license, passport, or other legal proof of identity).

    In addition, if a legal entity is listed as the registrant organization, gather the following information for the former owner of the domain and for the new owner:

    • Proof that the organization that the domain is registered to exists.

    • Proof that the representatives for the former owner and the new owner are authorized to act on the organization's behalf. This document must be a certified legal document that contains both the name of the organization and the names of the representatives as signing officers (for example, CEO, President, or Executive Director).

  5. Scan the Change of Domain Ownership form and the required proof. Save the scanned documents in a common format, such as a .pdf file or a .png file.

  6. Using the AWS account that the domain is currently registered to, sign in to the AWS Support Center.

    Important

    You must sign in either by using the root account or by using an IAM user that has been granted IAM permissions in one or more of the following ways:

    • The user is assigned the AdministratorAccess managed policy.

    • The user is assigned the AmazonRoute53DomainsFullAccess managed policy.

    • The user is assigned the AmazonRoute53FullAccess managed policy.

    If you don't sign in either by using the root account or by using an IAM user that has the required permissions, we can't update the domain owner. This requirement prevents unauthorized users from changing the owner of a domain.

  7. Specify the following values:

    Regarding

    Accept the default value of Account and Billing Support.

    Service

    Accept the default value of Billing.

    Category

    Accept the default value of Domain name registration issue.

    Subject

    Specify Change the owner of a domain.

    Description

    Provide the following information:

    • Domain that you want to change the owner for

    • 12-digit account ID of the AWS account that the domain is registered to

    Add attachment

    Upload the documents that you scanned in step 5.

    Contact method

    Specify a contact method and enter the applicable values.

  8. Choose Submit.

    An AWS Support engineer reviews the information that you provided and updates the settings. The engineer will either contact you when the update is finished or contact you for more information.