Officer Attestation Information

In May 2007, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) Board of Trustees advised the Internet community that due to the impending depletion of the available IPv4 resource pool, migration to IPv6 is necessary for any applications that require ongoing availability from ARIN of IP number resources.

In May 2009, in anticipation of depletion of the IANA IPv4 free pool, the Board of Trustees directed ARIN to take additional steps to ensure the legitimacy of all IP address space requests. ARIN now requires all applications for IP address space to include an attestation of accuracy from an officer of the organization to ensure that organizations submitting legitimate requests based on documented need will have access to IP address space to the maximum extent possible.

Prior to approving a request, ARIN will send a message via the ARIN Online ticketing system asking that an officer review the data submitted during the request and certify its accuracy by signing the attestation document. ARIN will provide a copy of the officer attestation document at this time. This is generally the last step before approval.

The specific definition of officer will depend on the legal formation of the organization. Common types are:

  • Profit/Nonprofit Corporation/LLC: a person elected or appointed by a profit corporation’s board of directors or a nonprofit corporation’s board of trustees; executive management; or a manager of an LLC to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization and to contract or otherwise act on behalf of the organization
  • General/Limited Partnerships: any partner
  • Sole Proprietorships: the sole proprietor
  • Government Entity: an employee authorized to manage the day-to-day operations of the government entity and to contract or otherwise officially act on behalf of the government entity

ARIN’s Registration Services Department (RSD) will provide the Officer Attestation form (example) to you if it is needed to complete your request. You then need sign and return the form to ARIN’s RSD. No notarization is necessary. Note that the form will be provided to you and is not available via our website.

Note that the Officer Attestation Form (requested from a recipient organization) differs from the Officer Acknowledgment Form that is requested from a source organization who is providing resources to the recipient.