Buying IPv4 – ARIN IPv4 Transfer Process

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Like most companies who have a network, you may have found yourself in need to buy IPv4 address blocks and transfer them according to the official ARIN IPv4 transfer process.  The task of obtaining this elusive IPv4 commodity can seem daunting to the inexperienced buyer, but with the right insight into ARIN’s transfer requirements and procedures to buy IPv4, the ARIN IPv4 transfer process can be seamless.

Getting Started with ARIN

First things first, you’ll need to register for an ARIN account. This will require that you nominate a Point of Contact and apply for an ORG-ID. ARIN may require that you supply a certificate of good standing just to ensure that your company is in fact in business and eligible to receive additional IPv4 addresses. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be required to apply for pre-approval. Pre-approval is necessary in order for ARIN to determine whether your company is indeed in need of additional IPv4 address space – this is to prevent the hoarding of an asset that we all desperately need. ARIN needs to be satisfied that your company will use at least 50% of the requested IPv4 within the span of 2 years. Alternatively, you can demonstrate that you’re currently using 75% of the IPv4 block that you currently have (if any). ARIN will need a company executive to sign an Officer Attestation letter in order to have your case approved. The pre-approval process takes between 4 days and 2 weeks and is valid for 1 year from the day you received it.

ARIN Transfer Agreement

At this point, you’ll be a holder of ARIN pre-approval and ready to dip your toes into the warm waters of the ARIN IPv4 transfer and acquisition market. In order to get an agreement sent to purchase an IPv4 address block, you will need to provide your company details.  Your legal entity name, ARIN pre-approval ticket number, ORG-ID and a person authorized to sign on behalf of the company are needed to contract between yourself and the lucky seller who owns the IPv4 block that you’re trying to get your hands on. The agreements will be signed, and payment will be made via or wire payment, whichever suits you best, for the IPv4 block.

ARIN IPv4 Transfer Process

The ARIN IPv4 transfer process can now commence! It begins with the seller who is required to submit an ARIN IPv4 transfer ticket that includes the buyers ORG-ID and the IPv4 address block number that is being transferred. The buyer is also required to submit an ARIN IPv4 transfer ticket that includes the sellers name and the IPv4 address block that is being transferred by ARIN. The seller will have to pay and ARIN IPv4 transfer fee of $300 unless the IPv4 block is in Legacy, meaning that the IPv4 address block was assigned before ARIN was officially established in 1998. The ball is now in ARIN’s court for review IPv4 transfer which takes between 5-10 days to complete. In the meantime, the seller has to sign, notarize and submit an ARIN Officer Acknowledgment Form via the online ARINs transfer portal. If all goes well and ARIN is satisfied, both buyer and sellers ARIN IPv4 transfer tickets will be approved.  At this time, first-time IPv4 buyers will now have to pay an ARIN fee and sign a registered services agreement (RSA). Otherwise, the ARIN IPv4 transfer is successful when Whois is updated to reflect the new owners name. At this point funds are released to the seller,  everyone is happy and the world is a better place ????


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