IRS General

What has happened to the UDAI?

  • UDAI’s have been replaced with 16 character alpha / numeric Authorisation Codes.

  • The domain Authorisation Code is the <domain:pw> element in EPP.

  • Once an Authorisation Code has been created it is hashed and cannot be viewed. If required you would need to update the Authorisation Code.

How do I reset the Authorisation code for a domain name?

You can do that via the portal while logged in as a user with the support role or you can use EPP via an update command.

Are there any changes to IRPO?

Yes there are. The eligibility rules remain the same but in the SRS system privacy is assigned on a contact basis however in IRS privacy will be applied on a domain basis and all contacts are private.

Please note that we will no longer be referring to it as IRPO. It will be referred to as Privacy Option. moving forward.

When do I have to provide IP address glue for nameservers?

IRS requires host IP address glue for all hosts subordinate to .nz and will always publish these in the zone file regardless of whether this is necessary for resolution.

When a domain is transferred do new contacts need to be created?

No, the existing contact objects will be cloned and carried across when the Domain is transfered.

Is a Contact Authorisation code required to create and update contact records?

A contact authorisation code is required to be provided as part of the contact create command. This is part of the EPP standard and authorisation information is a required field. Contacts are not transferred between registrars so the authorisation information will not be used. You do not need to provide the contact Authorisation code when updating a contact.

Which contact types are required for a domain name?

Registrant, Admin, and Technical contacts are required. You can also add a Billing contact but that is optional.

A domain may only have one occurrence of each type of contact. A contact object can be assigned to a domain as a single or any combination of the registrant, admin and technical contact.

How does the Reseller Name extension apply in the IRS?

We are introducing a new field, “Reseller Name,” associated with a domain. The reseller field will be an optional string that registrars can use as they like. The intent is for registrars who have resellers to record the reseller name for the domain.

The field will not be part of the WHOIS results as currently, the .nz policy does not support the display of reseller names as part of the WHOIS response.

The field will be cleared when a domain is transferred between registrars.

Are linked hosts editable?

Host objects are shared among multiple registrars. This means any registrar can associate a domain name to any host object. Only the sponsor a .nz superordinate domain name can create the subordinate host object, and only the sponsor can update the host object.

Is a domain required to be renewed on transfer?

Domains can be transferred without a renewal. For more information see Transferring a domain.

Will a transfer without a renewal be charged?

.nz does not charge for domain name transfers.

What is the registration grace period for a domain?

Add period (addPeriod) - The grace period (5 days) after which the domain name has been added to the registry. If the domain is deleted during this period, there is a refund for the cost of the registration and the domain goes straight to a pending delete state, skipping the redemption period.

see IRS domain life cycle.

What is the renewal grace period for a domain?

Renew period (renewPeriod) - The grace period (5 days) after a domain has been explicitly renewed by the Registrar. This grace period following a domain name renewal allows the Registrar to delete the domain if necessary and obtain a credit for the cost of the renewal.

Auto-renew period (autoRenewPeriod) This grace period (45 days) occurs after a domain has been automatically renewed by the Registry. If the domain is deleted during this period, there is a refund for the cost of the renewal.

see IRS domain life cycle.

Is there anyway to override the Registration Grace Period?

No. The grace period is set by the registry at 5 days and is not changeable by registrars.

Can I restore an expired domain that is no longer in redemptionPeriod?

Once a domain has passed its expiry date and is no longer in the redemptionPeriod it cannot be restored. Domains can only be restored while they are in redemptionPeriod.

However once a domain passed out of redemptionPeriod and into pendingDelete it would be available to be claimed from a TBR / droplist session within 2 days of its expiry at 02.00 UTC. Alternatively if not claimed from that TBR / droplist session the domain would be completely released and be available for new public registration just after 03.00 UTC when the TBR / droplist session closes and you could register it as a new domain then.

If you are not familiar with the TBR / droplist system please read the Droplist API documentation.

Can I disable autorenew for a domain?

No. Autorenew cannot be disabled for any domain. Please see the Autorenew setion in Registry Concepts

How soon after expiry will a domain automatically renew?

An expired domain will autorenew within 5 minutes of expiry. Autorenew is run by the housekeeper process which runs every 5 minutes.

Do authcodes expire?

Yes. An authcode will automatically expire after 30 days.

Registrants wanting to transfer their domains should generate a new authcode if they are in any doubt of the validity of their current authcode.