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.
The officer attestation will create an additional step in the IP address space request process.
Whenever a request for IP address space is received, ARIN will ask in its initial reply for the name and contact information of an officer of the organization who will be required to attest to the validity of the information provided to ARIN. 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 and to contract or otherwise officially act on behalf of the government entity