What is a WDRP notice and do I have to do anything?

From time to time we hear from customers who have received a WDRP (WHOIS Data Reminder Policy) notice by email. Often they're not sure what it is, if it's legitimate, or if it's a scam. (The language can be kind of confusing.)

WDRP notices are legitimate and come from ICANN. They are meant to ensure that domain registrants have up to date contact information for their domains. That's the information listed under the registration contacts about who owns the domain: name, address, phone number, email. etc.

Even if you use a WHOIS privacy service that hides that information, the actual details registered for your domain at the registry have to be accurate.

It's also important for your contact information to be up to date to enable you to receive important notifications about your domain's status.

If you receive an WDRP notice, it's important to read it and check your registration information to ensure it's up to date. If the information is correct, you don't need to do anything else.

If any information needs to be updated, you can do this in your iwantmyname dashboard. Just login and go to your domain's page by clicking on the domain name. On the next page, click "edit contacts".

Complete any updates you need to make to the information on that contacts page, and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to save the new settings. And remember, the registrant/owner contact name/information is the legal owner of the domain.

Note that for gTLD domains (.COM, .ORG, .PHOTOS, .XYZ, etc.) you will be emailed an owner change confirmation email to the old registrant address (if you have updated it). If you cannot access this old email address, please let us know and we can assist. If changes are not verified within two weeks they will be cancelled.

Once that's done, you don't have to reply to the WDRP notice or contact ICANN. The information will automatically be updated.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, just let us know.

We also have a more detailed article about domain information and privacy here:

https://iwantmyname.com/blog/2015/06/the-ins-and-outs-of-whois-privacy-and-accurate-contact-information.html

And there's information about many actual scams here:

https://help.iwantmyname.com/customer/portal/articles/1413202