Domain Registration Certificates

A certificate of domain registration is a document issued by Melbourne IT (an auDA and iCANN accredited Registrar) when a new domain name is registered through us. We provide certificates of registration for all domain name extensions that we register. The certificate contains the following information; the name of the domain, the initial registration term, the registrant and an authorised signature from our Chief Executive Officer, Martin Mercer.

To download a copy of the certificate for a domain registered with us:

  1. Login with your Account Reference and Password
  2. Manage your domain
  3. On the next page, click [ Domain Name ] icon to access the registry information
  4. Click [ Download Certificate of Domain Registration ]

Why do you provide certificates of registration and what can I use them for?

auDA, the regulatory body for .au domain names, require that we (Melbourne IT) generate a certificate for every domain name registration facilitated by us. However, the certificate is not a legal document to prove ownership of a domain name. The legal owner of a domain name is reflected in the relevant domain name Registry. In the case of .au domains, the registrant would be the entity listed in the Afilias database, as viewable in a whois search. Aside from .au domains, Melbourne IT provides a certificate of registration for other domain name extensions as a courtesy to our clients. Although we are not contractually obliged to do so under relevant Registry agreements. We issue them automatically because of how commonly they are requested.

When do I get a certificate of registration?

Certificates of domain name registration are only issued to Melbourne IT customers when a new domain name is registered through Melbourne IT. Certificates of registration are not issued for inbound domain name transfers, or for domain name renewals.

I changed the registrant on my domain name, can you give me a new certificate of registration?

If the domain ends in .au, clients will be required to complete the registrant name change process, after which a new certificate of registration will automatically be generated and sent to clients. This new certificate will reflect the new registrant of the domain. If you have not received your certificate, please contact our helpdesk and we will be happy to follow this up.

Unfortunately, for domains not ending in .au, we are unable to generate new certificates of registration where domain name ownership details are changed. However if you change the organisation field in the registrant contact for a gTLD, it will change the organisation name in the certificate that you can download from the Console.

I’m trying to purchase a SSL certificate, and the company from whom I am purchasing the SSL requires a certificate of domain registration in a different name – can you do this?

Melbourne IT can only issue you with the original certificate of registration of the domain name. We are unable to issue a certificate stating a domain is registered to a company when the domain is registered to an individual or entity other than what appears on the original certificate of registration.

Click here for more information on Dedicated SSL certificates and Shared SSL certificates.