This post will help you to understand the Domain Verification process and how you can Verify your domain(s).
Which Domains does Domain Verification apply to?
Domain verification applies to Top Level Domains (TLDs) such as .com, .net, .org, etc. as well as Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) like .clothing, .photography, etc..
Which Organization Requests Domain Verification?
TLDs and gTLDs are administered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN for short. If you are contacted regarding Domain Verification this has been instigated by ICANN.
Why is Domain Verification Important?
Domain Verification is important in order for ICANN to keep their records up to date. This could be due to a number of reasons such as a Whois inaccuracy complaint or relating to domain transfers. For full details refer to the ICANN resources page.
How Does the Domain Verification Process work?
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line:
WHOIS Data Confirmation for YOURDOMAINHERE
The email will show you the current details on record for the domain name and will show the following details:
Registry Domain ID:
Registrar Registration Expiration Date:
It will also show the name, address, phone, email address and fax of the Registrant, Admin contact, Billing contact and Technical contact of the domain name.
If the information is correct and up to date then no further action is required.
If you do need to update the details then you are provided with a link where you can login and manage your contact details.
What Happens if I do not complete the Domain Verification Process?
You have 15 days from receipt of the email to verify your domain name. Failure to do so may result in your domain being suspended pending full update. In these cases it can take 24 to 48 hours for the domain to be reactivated.
For further details please refer to the ICANN WDRP FAQs For Domain Name Registrants.