What are historical Internet resources?Historical resources are IPv4 addresses and AS Numbers that were delegated before APNIC existed or had management authority over the resources in question. Over the years, the RIR community formed a number of projects to move those early registrations into each of the counterpart RIR Databases. In the APNIC community these projects included the Early registration transfer project and the AUNIC to APNIC migration. APNIC’s current Whois Database contains these historical Internet resources, including those previously delegated and held by AUNIC, DDN-NIC, SRI-NIC, and InterNIC. These historical Internet number resources also include resources delegated by APNIC before the introduction of a membership structure. Find out how you can update and manage these historical Internet resources.
Registrations transferred to APNIC as part of the AUNIC to APNIC migrationResources delegated by AUNIC. See the resources transferred to APNIC as part of the migration.
Registrations transferred as part of the Early Registration Transfer (ERX) projectGlobal registries that predated ARIN—such as DDN-NIC, SRI-NIC, and InterNIC—initially made most of the historical registrations. ARIN inherited these registrations automatically when it was established. Historical registrations made to organizations in the APNIC region were transferred to APNIC during 2003 and 2004 as part of the RIRs’ Early Registration Transfer (ERX) project. See the list of resources transferred to APNIC as part of the ERX project.
Historical APNIC resourcesHistorical APNIC resources were delegated to organizations by APNIC before the introduction of a membership structure. These resources have always been registered in the APNIC Whois Database, however, the resource holder did not become an APNIC Member (or Non-Member) at any time after the introduction of the membership structure. These resources were not made subject to current APNIC policies.
Updating historical Whois registration recordsThere are policies in place that specify how updates to historical Internet resources may be made. Please follow the steps below to have your registration records updated.
How to proceed
Step 1Download and complete the Declaration and Agreement  forms. For a guide on how to complete the forms, click here.
Step 2Email the completed forms  to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon successful submission, an email will be sent with your assigned ticket reference number.
What’s next?APNIC will review the documents provided  and verify that the organization is entitled to make updates to these Internet resources. If APNIC determines that the organization is entitled to make the updates requested, the organization will be notified and informed to create an APNIC account in order to manage these resources. Find out how to set up an APNIC account. Once an account has been created, the following will occur:
- The resources will be placed under the APNIC account, and
- The registration records will be updated on the APNIC Whois Database accordingly
Additional information to note: The Declaration and Agreement forms:
- Enables your organization to establish its authority to use the historical Internet resources
- Lists the updates that are to be made to the APNIC Whois Database records
- Indemnifies APNIC for any action arising from the requested change
- If the change required is due to a change of company name, a copy of the ‘Certificate of Name Change’ is to be forwarded to APNIC
- If the change required is due to a business acquisition, merger or takeover, APNIC may ask for additional documentation to support the update request such as supporting legal documentation authorized by an appropriate third party, for example a sales/transfer agreement
Setting up an APNIC account to manage historical Internet resourcesIf APNIC determines an organization is entitled to make the requested updates, you must complete the online application form to set up an APNIC membership account  to manage these resources. The initial fee will consist of the Sign-Up Fee of AUD 500  and the annual renewal fee, determined by the total number of IP resource holdings. Learn more about APNIC fees and the APNIC Fees Calculator. APNIC may only place these resources under the APNIC account and update the registration records on the APNIC Whois Database once:
- APNIC verifies the organizations registration details, and
- Full payment of the invoice is received (Once payment is received the APNIC account will be opened).
If the organization can demonstrate that they have received the resources from the original registry, then they will also have an option to set up a Historical Maintenance Non-Membership  account. APNIC will provide set up instructions if this option is available to the organization. For a Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account set up, allow at least two weeks to sign and return the Non-Membership Agreement and Corporate Contact Appointment Form. The initial fee for a Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account is AUD 200 and the annual fee will be AUD 200 per annum provided the organization does not receive additional IP addresses . For more information, see the Non-Member Fee Schedule.
Additional information to note: You need to set up a new APNIC Membership account if:
- There is no existing membership account for your organization. However, if you represent the original organization that received the historical Internet resources from the original registry, you will also have an option to set up a Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account.
- The update required is due to business acquisition, merger or takeover. The transferred resource will be subject to the current APNIC resource policy. For more information, see Section 8.3.
- APNIC Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account holders are organizations that wish to have access to resources without becoming full APNIC Members.
- A Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account is suitable if the organization does not have a future need for additional IP Addresses and AS Numbers.