So you have registered a domain with your ISP but does your co.za domain name belong to You or your Registrar?
It is common practice by many of South African Accredited Registrars to register their clients’ co.za domain names using their own contact details and not the legal owner / registrant of the domain.
When a Registrar uses their contact details at the time of registering your co.za domain they are effectively holding you ransom to their terms and conditions. Often these terms and conditions state that you cannot transfer your co.za domain to another Registrar or ISP of choice. Other conditions may include a 30 or 60 day notice period in order for you to transfer your co.za domain to your new Registrar or ISP of choice.
ZA Central Registry (ZACR) are the administrators of the co.za name space and ultimately responsible for ensuring that Registrars comply with the Registrar Agreement. The Registrar Agreement stipulates that Registrars are to register co.za domain names using the Registrant’s details :
5.3.1 When registering a new domain name the registrar will supply the following data to the registry system:
220.127.116.11 Domain Name
18.104.22.168 Registrant (full legal name)
22.214.171.124 Registrant Email
126.96.36.199 Registrant Telephone
188.8.131.52 Registrant Physical Address (domicile)
184.108.40.206 Registrar Identifier
220.127.116.11 Zone Records
ZA Domains provides a free co.za whois service that allows you to query the status and information linked to your co.za domain names. Use the CO ZA Whois Service to check if your Registrar has listed you as the Registrant. If the Registrar has not listed you as the Registrant then contact your Registrar or ISP and request that they perform a contact update and list You as the Registrant / Domain owner.
ZA Domains provides a co.za domain management control panel that allows you to take control of your co.za domain names. Register for a free ZA Domains account and register your co.za domain names and have peace of mind that your co.za domain names are legally yours.