Early Registration Transfer Project – FAQs

  1. What is the Early Registration Transfer Project?
  2. Which resources are part of the ERX project?
  3. What should I do if the information in the database is incorrect?
  4. Will this change cost me or my organization any money?
  5. We received some IP addresses a long time ago and have had little to no contact with any of the RIRs. What difference does it make to have my IP addresses registered in ARIN’s or APNIC’s database?
  6. How does this change affect the network that I currently have in operation?
  7. Do I need to become member of APNIC?
  8. Who decides what information will be in the new object in the RIR database?
  9. Will I be able to communicate directly with any RIR from now on?
  10. Do I have to move my data? I can’t be bothered!
  11. What information in the ARIN Whois Database will be affected?
  12. Does this affect my domain name?
  13. Do I get to keep my XYZ123-ARIN NIC-handle?
  14. I have never used the APNIC Whois Database and do not know how to make updates, what do I do?
  15. I am not familiar with policies and procedures, where can I find more information?
  16. You mentioned domain as one of the objects in the RIR database. I thought domain names weren’t affected?
  17. My reverse delegation has gone away or is incorrect.
  18. How do I go about managing my resources with APNIC?
  19. I was notified that my records were transferred to APNIC, but the records are not visible at whois.apnic.net.
  20. I have read all the FAQs, but still have questions. How do I contact APNIC?

What is the Early Registration Transfer Project?

Some Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) and address resources were allocated to entities before the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) processes were established. Having been managed by US-based organizations during that period, these resources have since been managed by the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN).

Many entities now have resource records both in the ARIN database and in the database of their local RIR. When these entities need to make a modification to one of their records or request additional resources, there is often confusion about which RIR needs to be contacted. Eliminating the need to maintain resource records in two separate databases will reduce the overhead of these entities, and is a goal of the Early Registration Transfer (ERX) Project.

Additionally, it is often difficult for organizations outside the ARIN region to communicate with the ARIN staff due to considerable differences in time zones.

In response to requests by the community to relocate data management from ARIN to the appropriate regions, the RIRs have begun the migration of these early registration records.

Which resources are part of the ERX project?

All AS Numbers as well as the former Class B address space, namely 128/2, and selected Class C address space, namely 192/8, 196/8, and 198/8.

What should I do if the information in the database is incorrect?

To ensure the integrity of information in the APNIC Whois Database, APNIC will not update information about ERX ranges in the APNIC Whois Database until the resource holder can prove their organization’s right to the resources and has established a formal agreement with APNIC as a Member or Non-Member account holder. For more information, see Guide to the maintenance of historical Internet resources.

Will this change cost me or my organization any money?

If the information in the database is correct, and you do not need to update any details, there are no costs involved for your organization.

If you wish to update information in the database, you will need to create an APNIC account. If you are an APNIC member, you can update any ERX resource registrations for free. The minimum fee to become an APNIC non-member account holder with the ability to update historical ERX records is AUD 200. For more information, see: Guide to the maintenance of historical Internet resources.

If you wish to transfer ERX resources to another organization, the organization receiving the ERX resources must be a current APNIC account holder. For more information on transferring resources, see: Guide to the transfer of historical Internet resources.

If the data relocation process exposes disputes over registration and the use of address resources, your organization may be required to pay non-RIR managed expenses.

For some entities, the benefits of increased efficiency will far outweigh any longer term costs.

We received some IP addresses a long time ago and have had little to no contact with any of the RIRs. What difference does it make to have my IP addresses registered in ARIN’s or APNIC’s database?

The ERX Project is to benefit the Internet community as a whole. Although you may be required to establish a new relationship with another RIR, there are significant benefits. In the future, you will only deal with your local RIR. This should mean simpler processes and service in or close to your core working hours.

When applying for more resources, you are required to account for early registration resources. The transfer of these early registrations should simplify this process and helps manage all resources through a single source.

How does this change affect the network that I currently have in operation?

If nothing in connection with your reverse-DNS has to change during the lockout period, then this change in data management should have no impact on your deployed services.

If you discover that changes have been made in transit to your DNS we will of course help resolve this as quickly as possible.

Do I need to become member of APNIC?

No, you don’t have to become a member. Of course, we encourage resource holding entities to share the community cost for administration of the resources, but there is no obligation at this time. You may in future incur a fee for service, but you may have incurred this anyway, irrespective of the relocation of data management to the RIR.

In many cases, resource holders may already be a member of an RIR in connection with other resources. If so, we encourage you to fold the management of these early registration resources into that framework.

Who decides what information will be in the new object in the RIR database?

The information has been created from data held by ARIN.

Will I be able to communicate directly with any RIR from now on?

Yes, anybody can communicate directly with any RIR. Some channels for communication are of course restricted to members and require membership codes, but in principle all of the RIRs are open to input and communication from all Internet users.

However, we suggest that if your inquiry relates to resources that have been relocated, requests for assistance with the management of these resources and associated data be directed at the RIR that now holds the records for your resource. You can expect other RIRs to ask you to primarily use the in-region RIR for communication in this context.

Do I have to move my data? I can’t be bothered!

If we have misidentified your entity as being outside the ARIN region, you can keep the data with ARIN. If the country attribute associated with your resource record is in another RIR’s region, your resource record will be transferred to that RIR.

What information in the ARIN Whois Database will be affected?

Any AS number or IP address space that was registered prior to ARIN’s existence with a country attribute outside of the ARIN region will be affected.

Does this affect my domain name?

No. Only network resource information is affected. No whois objects held by any other agency relating to any other purpose than assignments or allocations of Internet address or AS Numbers are affected.

Do I get to keep my XYZ123-ARIN NIC-handle?

If you retain any resources in the ARIN region, you may keep ARIN NIC-handles and data in ARIN Whois but in the relocation of data management from ARIN to APNIC, it is necessary to have a new NIC-handle generated to avoid clashes with existing records.

I have never used the APNIC Whois Database and do not know how to make updates, what do I do?

Information about updating information in the APNIC Whois Database can be found in the APNIC Whois Database objects resource guide.

I am not familiar with policies and procedures, where can I find more information?

Information about APNIC policies can be found here:

You mentioned domain as one of the objects in the RIR database. I thought domain names weren’t affected?

Domain names are not affected. APNIC and RIPE use domain objects in the management of reverse delegations; for example, x.y.z.in-addr.arpa.

If the IP addresses that are being transferred, have in-addr.arpa nameservers attached, these nameservers are added to the RIR database as domain objects, and are automatically included in the zone reloads.

My reverse delegation has gone away or is incorrect.

All information received from ARIN was transferred into APNIC resource management processes. If, at the time of transfer, your reverse delegation depended upon incorrect details formerly managed at ARIN or did not have a delegation record, this will have been detected in transfer and therefore removed from the authoritative parent zone. Please contact us to have your current delegation details updated. Please be aware that you may have to prove your relationship to the delegation.

How do I go about managing my resources with APNIC?

Each RIR has specific methods for authorizing changes and establishing authentication. At the time of transfer, if the contact-of-record does not already have an established means of authentication with the recipient RIR, the RIR will place your records in a ‘hold-harmless’ state.

You can establish a means of authentication by completing some simple proof of relationship processes to identify yourself. In most cases, readily available information from another authorized person (such as a data centre manager, company officer) will suffice. It is recommended that you establish a means of authentication prior to transfer.

I was notified that my records were transferred to APNIC, but the records are not visible at whois.apnic.net.

Please contact APNIC. Be sure to include the affected records and the date of transfer.

I have read all the FAQs, but still have questions. How do I contact APNIC?

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions on the APNIC web sites, please contact the Helpdesk. Email will allow APNIC to ticket and correctly track your questions and comments for a more informed response.