China to Implement Real Name Verification on .Com Domain Names – Domain Name Wire

The Chinese government is cracking down on registrants of .com domain names.

Regulations that have prevented Chinese residents from using many new top-level domain names will soon affect .com and .net domain name registrations as well.

The rules will apply to .com and .net domain name registrations beginning March 1, 2016, according to documents obtained by Domain Name Wire.

At that time, domain name registrars in China will need to obtain real name verification and domain name verification for each newly registered or transferred .com/.net domain name. They must also obtain it for existing domain names within 45 days of their automatic renewal.

Failure to provide codes may result in suspension of domain names by Verisign.

Verisign may also request government license verification from registrars in China.

China has been a huge growth driver for Verisign, as Chinese domain name registrants have registered millions of short, numeric domain names in recent months.

Chinese regulations for registrars and registrants in China have prevented most new top-level domain names from being used there. Some new TLD registries are working with the government to allow their domain names to be used in China.