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Membership Defined

As specified in ARIN's Bylaws, there are two types of ARIN Members: Trustee and General.

Trustee Members

ARIN Trustees are comprised of the individuals elected or appointed to the ARIN Board of Trustees and the President and CEO of ARIN. ARIN Trustees are members during their tenure on the Board. In some instances, an ARIN Trustee may also be a General Member if the entity by which they are employed holds resources from ARIN.

General Members

  • Organizations receiving an initial direct allocation of IPv4 or IPv6 addresses from ARIN (generally Internet Service Providers, hosting firms, etc.) are automatically accorded membership upon receipt at that time. No action is required on the part of the organization. This membership is annually renewed with the payment of the organization's annual subscription renewal fee.
  • Organizations with Internet number resources from ARIN, such as direct assignments and/or Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs), under either a signed Registration Services Agreement (RSA) or Legacy Registration Services Agreement (LRSA) may become an ARIN Member by subscribing to the Registration Services Plan or by paying a separate annual membership fee of $500 USD.

General membership is associated with an Organization Identifier (Org ID). Membership rights for organizations with multiple Org IDs depend on the resources associated under each Org ID.

It is not necessary to become a member of ARIN prior to applying for additional Internet number resources, nor will doing so make it easier to obtain them. Members and non-members alike must justify number resource requests based on utilization criteria. Membership is not required to participate in ARIN's Policy Development Process.

Voting Contact

Each ARIN General Member is asked to name a Voting Contact. This is the only person that will be eligible to vote online in ARIN Elections (Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 3.b.). The "Voting Contact" Point of Contact (POC) record must be confirmed and linked to an ARIN Online account in order for the Voting Contact to be eligible to vote. Role accounts are not acceptable.

Voting Contacts are not identified in Whois. The information is used exclusively for ARIN's Communications and Member Services Department and will not be shared with anyone outside ARIN.

Although the Communications and Member Services Department sends reminders to update Voting Contact information prior to ARIN's annual election cycle, it is ultimately the member's responsibility to maintain its data and ensure voter eligibility. The Admin and Tech POCs for the organization have the ultimate authority to name the Voting Contact and to update and change Voting Contact information.

To verify or update your organization's Voting Contact information, use ARIN Online or contact the Communications and Member Services Department at

General Members in Good Standing

A General Member in Good Standing is defined as an entity that is current on all membership and/or resource fee payments (Bylaws, Article V, Section 1.b.).

The ARIN Board of Trustees declares that, for purposes of determining General Member in Good Standing status, the term "current" is defined as having no overdue invoices per Org ID.

General Members in Good Standing can take advantage of ARIN Member benefits. ARIN relies on the involvement of its members to accomplish its mission. Representatives from member organizations are encouraged to attend meetings, engage in policy and mailing list discussions, and exercise their responsibility to vote in elections.

Membership Termination

Membership is terminated when the directly allocated address space is transferred to another entity or returned to ARIN, or when the entity fails to pay required annual renewal, maintenance, or membership fees. If resources are transferred, membership and its associated rights are transferred to the new resource holder, if that entity creates a new Org ID with ARIN.

More Information

Contact the Communications and Member Services Department at with questions about membership or general ARIN operations, or to update your Voting Contact information.

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