2022 Membership

ARIN Membership Overview

There are three types of ARIN Members: Service Members, General Members, and Trustee Members.

Service Members

Service Members are entities that have a valid ARIN Registration Services Agreement (RSA or LRSA) for IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses. Any Service Member organization may apply to become a General Member by submitting a request and meeting the General Membership criteria.

General Members

Entities that wish to participate in ARIN governance activities and meet the associated requirements may become General Members. General Members must have a valid ARIN Registration Services Agreement (RSA or LRSA) for IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses, commit to voting in ARIN elections as necessary to maintain their General Member status, and meet any other eligibility requirements as established by the Board of Trustees (such as agreeing to the Standards of Conduct for their participation in community activities and agreeing to publication in the list of ARIN General Members.)

General members must participate in ARIN Elections to maintain their status. Following the 2023 ARIN annual election and each election thereafter, General Members that did not cast a ballot in any of the previous three ARIN elections will become Service Members and will not be eligible to apply for General Member status until after the coming year.

Trustee Members

Trustee Members are comprised of the individuals elected or appointed to the ARIN Board of Trustees and the President and CEO of ARIN. Trustees are automatically Trustee Members of ARIN during their tenure on the Board of Trustees.

FAQ

If I am presently an ARIN Member, do I need to apply to become a General Member?

No, all of ARIN’s present “Members” are already General Members and will remain so after the addition of the new Service Member category at the beginning of 2022. Our General Members should note that maintaining General Member status past 2023 will require that they vote in at least one upcoming ARIN election.

Can I join ARIN as an individual?

No. Membership is on an organization level and is reserved for organizations that hold IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses ARIN under a signed Registration Services Agreement (RSA or LRSA) and are covered by ARIN’s Registration Services Plan (RSP).

What are the requirements for an organization to become a Service Member?

The requirements for organizations to become Service Members in ARIN are having a valid ARIN Registration Services Agreement (RSA or LRSA) signed by an officer of the organization that covers IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses resources.

My organization is a Service Member, is my organization eligible to become an ARIN General Member?

Service Member organization are encouraged to apply to become a General Member and participate in ARIN governance. When applying for General Membership organizations must commit to voting in ARIN elections as necessary to maintain their General Member status and meet any other eligibility requirements as established by the Board of Trustees.

Are there voting eligibility requirements for General Members?

Yes, a General Member must be in Good Standing as of forty-five (45) days before a ballot or election to vote. A General Member in Good Standing is defined as an entity that is current on all resource fee payments. The organization must also have valid Admin, Tech, and Voting POCs.

What are an organization’s obligations as a General Member?

General Members are required to vote in at least one of the previous three ARIN elections in order to maintain General Member status. Failure to meet this requirement will result in an organization’s status being changed to Service Member.

If my organization is changed from General Member to Service Member, how long until it can reapply for General Member status?

Once an organization has its status changed to Service Member, it will not be eligible to apply for General Member status for one calendar year.

Why does ARIN make a distinction between membership types?

We recognize that not all organizations have a desire to participate in ARIN governance activities and so we have added the Service Member category and allow organizations to make their own determination if they wish to participate in ARIN governance activities.