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.
Updating historical Whois registration records
There 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
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:
- 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 resources
If 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).
For more information, see the Non-Member Fee Schedule.
Additional information to note:
- 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.
 New Members, the Member will not be required to pay the Sign-Up Fee of AUD 500 only if the organization can demonstrate they are the original organization that received the historical Internet number resources from the original registry. For existing Members that do not hold IP address resources under the account, the initial annual address fee will apply at that time.  Creation of a new Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account is required if an organization does not have an existing Historical Maintenance Non-Membership account.
- 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.
 If the organization submits a conventional IP address request or receives a transfer of addresses in the future, the initial annual address fee (including historical resources) will apply at that time, but the maintenance fee of AUD 200 will no longer apply. The total number of IP address holding will determine the annual renewal fee. See the APNIC Non-Membership Fees Calculator.