ATTENTION: Important Changes Coming to the Way You Do Business with ARIN

Posted: Wed, 26 January 2011

Changes are coming at the end of March that will impact communication with ARIN's Registration Services. These new systems will improve the customer experience and greatly increase the level of automation used to process requests and manage resources.  ARIN has made a series of announcements about pending changes to templates, the new delegation management model, and the addition of API keys. These changes will impact each and every customer, and if you don't prepare, your template submissions will be rejected by the new system. There are many steps you can take to be ready for these changes, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare in advance.

The first step is to set up an ARIN Online account if you have not yet done so; this is a great opportunity to make sure all the information on your Point of Contact and Organization records is current. The next step will be to set up an API Key. If you already have your account established, take a minute to log in and create your API key. There are a couple of ways that API keys will be used; refer to for details. You will also want to familiarize yourself with the updated and soon to be released, Version 5 templates. These templates include the API key fields, and may be previewed at:

The new templates will be released at the same time ARIN changes systems in order to support per-delegation management of nameservers and provision secure delegations through Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). This new delegation management system will be available through ARIN Online only. We hope to have a demo of this new functionality available soon for you to preview.

I encourage you to learn more about all of the projects in development; details are available at:

If you have further questions about these template changes or other upcoming features, please email


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)