The government of China is clamping down on registrants of .com domain names.
Regulations that have prevented Chinese residents from using many new top level domain names will soon affect .com and .net domain name registrations, too.
The rules will apply to .com and .net domain name registrations starting March 1, 2016, according to documents obtained by Domain Name Wire.
At that time, domain name registrars in China will have to obtain Real Name Verification and Domain Name Verification for each newly-registered or transferred .com/.net domain name. They will also have to obtain this for existing domain names within 45 days after they auto renew.
Failure to provide the codes can result in suspension of the domain names by Verisign.
Verisign may also request government license verification from registrars in China.
China has been a huge growth driver for Verisign, as Chinese registrants have registered millions of short and numeric domain names in recent months.
Chinese regulations for registrars and registrants in China have prevented most new top level domain names from being used there. Some new TLD registries are working with the government to enable their domain names for use in China.