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Point of Contact (POC) Records & Organization Identifiers (Org IDs)

Interacting with ARIN

Representatives of organizations that hold ARIN resources or plan to request resources will want to take advantage of ARIN Online.

Every individual who manages organization or resource records should create an ARIN Online account using an individual email address. Unlike POC records, ARIN Online accounts cannot use role email addresses, nor should they be shared, or transferred to another person. Individuals can take ARIN Online accounts with them if they move or change jobs because accounts can be unlinked from POC, organization and resource records. 

If you are just getting started, click on New User in the left hand navigation to set up your account.

ARIN recommends that whenever possible, you make use of the functionality available in ARIN Online. For processes you wish to automate, like reporting reassignments (SWIPs), you can take advantage of the RESTful Provisioning System. If you need to continue to use email templates, note that they require an API key, which you need to request through your ARIN Online account.

In many cases you have multiple choices for interacting with ARIN, review Interacting with ARIN for a breakdown of all your options.

Video: Managing Your ARIN Records

Point of Contact (POC) Records

You should create a POC with ARIN if you:

  • Need to request and manage organization and resource records
  • Will serve as a contact for network operation or abuse issues
  • Will serve as the voting representative for a member organization

The instructions explain how to create, link, recover, modify and delete points of contact using either ARIN Online, email templates, or through RESTful provisioning.

Understanding POC Validation

If a Point of Contact (POC) is not marked as verified during annual validation, does it affect the associated organization record?

When a contact is marked "not verified" during the annual validation, they are still associated with the resource. The POC will be labeled as unverified, but this does not affect the organization record.

When can an unverified POC make changes to their record?

They can either reverify during the annual validation, or they can log into their ARIN Online account and make the updates. Changes of these types can be made by any associated POC at any time.

Organization Identifier (Org ID)

An Organization Identifier (Org ID) represents a business, nonprofit corporation, or government entity in the ARIN database. The Org ID is defined by a legal name, postal address, and points of contact. IP addresses and AS numbers directly assigned or allocated by ARIN must be associated with an Org ID. Internet Service Providers and other direct allocation holders may also reassign or reallocate IP addresses to an Org ID.

The instructions explain how to create, recover, modify , execute a name change and delete Org IDs.

ARIN's longstanding business practice is to require any organization registering with ARIN in order to request Internet number resources, to be an active business entity legally formed within the ARIN service region.

Org Recovery for Legacy Resources

Is it possible for an organization to perform an Org recovery on legacy IPv4 resources if they are not covered by a Legacy Resource Services Agreement (LRSA)?

Yes, Org ID records for legacy resources can be updated without signing the LRSA, unless those resources have moved to a new organization due to a merger or acquisition. In those cases, they would need to first complete a transfer in ARIN's database.