VerifiedID@SG Pilot Launch For .SG Domain Names

Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) is the sole provider that administrates all .SG domain names. Since 2nd May 2013, SGNIC have implemented a pilot scheme called “VerifiedID@SG” for all new .SG domain names (e.g. example.sg). In general, the scheme is to enhance the trust of .SG domain names through alleviation against identity theft upon registration. This scheme does not affect existing “.sg” domain names. However, from 2 May 2013 onwards, if a client registers a new “.sg” domain name or appointed as an administrative contact for new “.sg” domain names, the scheme will affect that particular person.

Under the VerifiedID@SG scheme, registrants will continue with the existing practice to appoint an “administrative contact” person when registering “.sg” domain names through respective registrars of the registrants’ choice. After completing the registration of the domain name, the domain name will be activated by SGNIC and becomes “live” on the Internet. At this stage, the administrative contact person of the domain name will be requested by SGNIC through email to visit the VerifiedID@SG portal and to perform the following verification task:

a. To login to the portal using his SingPass
b. To verify the identity and contact information of the domain name registrant.

The administrative contact will be given a grace period of total 21 days from the registration date to verify the registrant’s identity and contact information. During this period, if the verification has not been performed, SGNIC will send daily reminders to the administrative contact’s email address to highlight that the domain name is pending for verification. The due date and time will also be highlighted in the email.

SGNIC’s policy is to suspend the domain name if the administrative contact does not perform the verification within 21 days. Such suspension is considered necessary to minimize any possible abuse of domain names by owners who use fake or stolen identities, or whose identities have not been properly verified. To allow .sg registrants and administrative contacts to familiarize with the new scheme, SGNIC will work closely with our accredited registrars to remind and help the administrative contact concerned and the registrant. If the administrative contact still has not performed the verification after the grace period, SGNIC will suspend the domain name.

For more information on the VerifiedID@SG scheme, please refer to the FAQs at http://verifiedid.sgnic.sg/faq.html.