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Apply to the RSP Program

The RSP pre-evaluation submission period is projected to open on 19 November 2024 and close on 20 May 2025. The second evaluation period is projected to open in April 2026 for 12-15 weeks, concurrent with the opening of the Next Round application submission window.

Existing Registry Service Providers (RSPs) and new entrants to the RSP market are both invited to submit applications to become a prequalified RSP in the New Generic Top-Level Domains (New gTLD) Program: Next Round. Eligibility requirements for applicant organizations are defined in section 3.1 of the RSP Handbook. We encourage all potential applicants to read the handbook and to follow these steps:

  1. Read the entire RSP Handbook. Becoming an RSP is a big commitment in both time and money.
  2. Determine which type(s) of RSP application(s) is right for your organization. An RSP applicant may apply for each type of RSP.
  3. Carefully read the technical questions for the type of RSP(s) your organization will apply for and determine if your organization can adequately provide answers to each and all of them.
  4. Carefully read the Registry System Testing (RST) 2.0 specifications as your systems will be tested as part of the RSP evaluation.
  5. Seek legal advice regarding your organization's ability to comply with the Terms and Conditions.
  6. Gather all necessary information about your organization as required by ICANN to conduct legal compliance and background screening, as described in the RSP Handbook. Also, identify the specific users in your organization who will submit the application(s).
  7. If you serve as an RSP for an existing gTLD and wish to offer Registry Services that are currently offered by a gTLD you support but are not considered Fast Track registry services, please develop a materially similar or matching description of the existing registry service, to be used by gTLDs in the registry agreement, to use the simplified registry services evaluation process.
  8. If you plan to offer IDN services, please consider using the Second-Level Label Generation Rules (LGR) with Full Variant Set to expedite IDN Evaluation.
  9. If you have any questions, please see the RSP FAQ. You may also contact ICANN regarding the RSP application process to seek clarifications.

When you are ready, use the RSP Portal to enter your organization's information and begin the RSP application process.

Accessing the RSP Portal

All RSP applications, applications for IDN services, and applications for additional Registry Services must be completed using the RSP Portal. To access the RSP Portal you must have a user account at and must have Multi-Factor Authentication enabled.

To log into the RSP Portal, users must use Users may go directly to the RSP portal while their session is valid. For more information, please see Section 4 of the RSP Handbook.

Further Reading

The following information is available regarding some of the critical technical services provided to gTLDs by RSPs:

  1. Zone File Access (ZFA)
  2. Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS)
  3. Trademark ClearingHouse (TMCH)
  4. Registration Reporting Interface (RRI)
  5. Registry Data Escrow (RDE)
  6. Monitoring System API Specification (MoSAPI)
  7. Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)
  8. Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) Status Codes
  9. The Domain Name System (DNS)
  10. DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
  11. Root Zone Management (RZM) User Guide
  12. Operations Handbook for Registry Operators