FAQ: Becoming a Member
- What are RIPE NCC members and LIRs?
Organisations that join the RIPE NCC become RIPE NCC members. All members have a Local Internet Registry (LIR) account that they use to manage their resources and interact with the RIPE NCC.
LIRs are responsible for the distribution and registration of Internet number resources at a local level. LIR account holders also ensure that RIPE community policies and procedures are followed at a local level.
- Why should I become a member?
If your organisation needs IPv6 address space and AS Numbers, and/or makes assignments to End Users or customers, you should become a RIPE NCC member. RIPE NCC members are also eligible to receive a one-time allocation of a /22 of IPv4 address space from the last /8 of IPv4 address space for their LIR account. Any legal entity or natural person can become a member of RIPE NCC.
- Can I get Internet resources without becoming a member?
Yes. If you need a small amount of IPv6 addresses and don't make assignments to End Users or customers, you can get resources from another RIPE NCC member. See how to for information on how to get IPv6 addresses without becoming a member.
- How much does it cost to become a member?
- How do I become a member?
- What are the company registration papers I need?
Official registration papers are the trade register documents that prove your company is a registered legal entity, authorised to carry out business activities in your country. Your local Chamber of Commerce usually issues these. If your organisation is a governmental one, we need documents stating that your organisation is a legal entity in your country and is authorised to carry out its business activities.
- Can I send my signed agreement as a scanned copy?
No. We need to receive the signed hard copy of the agreement. If you would like us to process your application faster, you can fax your signed copy to us at +31205354445. We will process the faxed agreement straight away and wait for the hard copy before completing the process.
- What happens during the application process?
Once we receive your application form, we do a due diligence check. Once the official registration documents have been validated and we have approved your application we will send you the invoice by email and the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement (SSA) by DHL. The SSA for Dutch applicants will be sent by regular postal mail.
- How long does it take to become a member?
This depends on the time the RIPE NCC needs to perform due diligence checks on your membership application and company registration documents or ID.
It also depends on how long it takes you to pay the invoice and sign and return the original RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement to us. We send all RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreements for new members by DHL, except for Dutch applicants (regular postal mail).
New membership applications from related legal entities (with the same contact person, directors, owners, applicant, etc.) will be processed by the RIPE NCC in order. Only one application will be processed at a time.
It’s possible to become a RIPE NCC member within two weeks, depending on the registration documents validation.
- What happens when the application process is complete?
Once we receive your payment and signed SSA, we will activate your LIR account. At this moment, you will receive an email and all the information you need to know as a new member. You will then be able to log in to the LIR Portal and start requesting Internet number resources.
- What is the LIR Portal?
The LIR Portal is a secure web area for RIPE NCC members to manage everything related to their membership and the Internet number resources they hold.
New members can login the LIR Portal as soon as their LIR account has been activated. We activate your LIR account once we have received the signed Standard Service Agreement and the payment.
- Can I become a member if my organisation is outside the RIPE NCC service region?
Yes, you can become a member of RIPE NCC. However, keep in mind that the Internet number resources need be announced within the RIPE NCC’s service region.
- I have IP ranges already. Can I transfer them to my new LIR account?
This depends on the ranges that are in use. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about the ranges so we can check if they are transferable.
- Is it possible to receive more than a /22 allocation of IPv4 address space?
A new member will only receive a one time allocation of /22 IPV4. RIPE NCC began to allocate IPv4 address space from the last /8 of IPv4 address space it holds. More information is available on our IPv4 exhaustion pages.
- Can I open additional LIR accounts?
Yes, it is possible for a legal entity to open additional LIR accounts and request one /22 IPv4 allocation for that account.
If you wish to open additional LIR accounts, you will need to submit a new application form. You will need to pay a one-time sign-up fee and an annual membership fee. For a detailed overview of the costs involved in becoming a member, please see the RIPE NCC Charging Scheme and the RIPE NCC Billing Procedure and Fee Schedule.
Also, you should take the following into account:
- The /22 IPv4 allocation you will receive is subject to the RIPE NCC Transfer Policy and can therefore only be transferred 24 months after the allocation date.
- Members with multiple LIR accounts are entitled to just one vote at RIPE NCC General Meetings. The oldest LIR account will receive the vote.
- Members opening an additional LIR account need to sign the LIR Account agreement.
- Only one application will be processed at a time. We will proceed with any following application for a multiple LIR once the LIR account of the former application has been activated.
- Can I submit multiple LIR account applications at a time?
Yes, but the applications will only be processed one by one. Once an additional LIR account is activated, the RIPE NCC can proceed with the next one.
- Why do we need to sign an LIR Account agreement and not a Standard Service Agreement for additional LIR accounts?
The Standard Service Agreement establishes the membership of a legal entity to the RIPE NCC. Dutch law does not allow organisations to have multiple memberships in an association.