Change to Whois Record Formats, 2017-03-01

The format of WHOIS records will be changed to comply with the Registry Registration Data Directory Services Consistent Labeling and Display Policy on March 1, 2017. This will affect all gTLDs, ccTLDs and SLDs on our main registry platform, with the exception of .com.de and .com.se, which use WHOIS record formats similar to those of their parent TLD.

Note: because it runs on a separate registry system operated by LANIC, .LA will not be affected. The format for .LA whois records will be changed in a separate process later in 2017.

Status of the Consistent Labeling and Display Policy

Although ICANN rescinded the CLDP following a Request for Reconsideration, the new formats for port-43 WHOIS records, and the "Do Not Implement Before" date of November 1, 2016, are not expected to change when the revised policy is published following the Public Comment Period.

Nature of the changes

After March 1, a number of fields will be renamed, and several new fields will be added. Some fields that are currently displayed even when there is no data in the database will not be shown unless data exist for them.

The changes will affect queries for domain names, nameservers, and registrars.

Testing

Those wishing to these their whois client implementations are directed towards the OT&E WHOIS service at ote-whois.centralnic.com, which already uses the new format.

.SE, who provide Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) services to ICANN, have updated their Whois Selftest Tool which can be used to verify compliance with the CLDP. The OT&E Whois service mentioned above can be tested as follows:

$ printf "example.site\r\n" | nc whois-ote.centralnic.com 43 | whois-test --domain=example.site --epp-repo-id=CNIC -

Example record showing changes

The following shows how the whois record for CENTRALNIC.XYZ will change. The existing record is on the left and the new record is on the right. Changed lines are highlighted in grey; new lines in green, and removed lines in red.

Current Format Format after 2017-03-01
Domain Name: CENTRALNIC.XYZ Domain Name: CENTRALNIC.XYZ
Domain ID: D6866802-CNIC Registry Domain ID: D6866802-CNIC
WHOIS Server: whois.tldregistrarsolutions.com Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.tldregistrarsolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.tldregistrarsolutions.com Registrar URL: http://www.tldregistrarsolutions.com
Updated Date: 2015-04-10T10:34:34.0Z Updated Date: 2015-04-10T10:34:34.0Z
Creation Date: 2015-01-28T14:16:13.0Z Creation Date: 2015-01-28T14:16:13.0Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2017-01-28T14:16:13.0Z Registry Expiry Date: 2017-01-28T14:16:13.0Z
Sponsoring Registrar: TLD Registrar Solutions Ltd Registrar: TLD Registrar Solutions Ltd
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 1564 Registrar IANA ID: 1564
Domain Status: OK https://icann.org/epp#ok Domain Status: OK https://icann.org/epp#ok
Registrant ID: C15982932-CNIC Registry Registrant ID: C15982932-CNIC
Registrant Name: Domain Administrator Registrant Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization: CentralNic Ltd Registrant Organization: CentralNic Ltd
Registrant Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1 Registrant Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1
Registrant City: London Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: London Registrant State/Province: London
Registrant Postal Code: EC2R 6AR Registrant Postal Code: EC2R 6AR
Registrant Country: GB Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: +44.20320338806 Registrant Phone: +44.20320338806
Registrant Phone Ext:  
Registrant Fax: Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:  
Registrant Email: domains@centralnic.com Registrant Email: domains@centralnic.com
Admin ID: C15982938-CNIC Registry Admin ID: C15982938-CNIC
Admin Name: Domain Administrator Admin Name: Domain Administrator
Admin Organization: CentralNic Ltd Admin Organization: CentralNic Ltd
Admin Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1 Admin Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1
Admin City: London Admin City: London
Admin State/Province: London Admin State/Province: London
Admin Postal Code: EC2R 6AR Admin Postal Code: EC2R 6AR
Admin Country: GB Admin Country: GB
Admin Phone: +44.20320338806 Admin Phone: +44.20320338806
Admin Phone Ext:  
Admin Fax: Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:  
Admin Email: domains@centralnic.com Admin Email: domains@centralnic.com
Tech ID: C15982935-CNIC Registry Tech ID: C15982935-CNIC
Tech Name: Domain Administrator Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Organization: CentralNic Ltd Tech Organization: CentralNic Ltd
Tech Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1 Tech Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1
Tech City: London Tech City: London
Tech State/Province: London Tech State/Province: London
Tech Postal Code: EC2R 6AR Tech Postal Code: EC2R 6AR
Tech Country: GB Tech Country: GB
Tech Phone: +44.20320338806 Tech Phone: +44.20320338806
Tech Phone Ext:  
Tech Fax: Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:  
Tech Email: domains@centralnic.com Tech Email: domains@centralnic.com
Name Server: NS-CANADA.TOPDNS.COM Name Server: NS-CANADA.TOPDNS.COM
Name Server: NS-USA.TOPDNS.COM Name Server: NS-USA.TOPDNS.COM
Name Server: NS-UK.TOPDNS.COM Name Server: NS-UK.TOPDNS.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned DNSSEC: unsigned
Billing ID: C15982941-CNIC Registry Billing ID: C15982941-CNIC
Billing Name: Domain Administrator Billing Name: Domain Administrator
Billing Organization: CentralNic Ltd Billing Organization: CentralNic Ltd
Billing Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1 Billing Street: 35-39 Moorgate, Level 1
Billing City: London Billing City: London
Billing State/Province: London Billing State/Province: London
Billing Postal Code: EC2R 6AR Billing Postal Code: EC2R 6AR
Billing Country: GB Billing Country: GB
Billing Phone: +44.20320338806 Billing Phone: +44.20320338806
Billing Phone Ext:  
Billing Fax: Billing Fax:
Billing Fax Ext:  
Billing Email: domains@centralnic.com Billing Email: domains@centralnic.com
  Registrar Abuse Contact Email: admin@tldregistrarsolutions.com
  Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +44.2033880600
  URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
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