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This article describes the procedures and requirements of .cat domain names.
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Successful domain registration requires:

  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

As for ICANN's contact verification requirements, we are obliged to send an e-mail to the domain owner if his e-mail address was not verified before. Failure to respond to this e-mail may lead to suspension of any gTLD domain name with this same e-mail address in the owner contact.

You can start the .cat transfer through our API or RCP.
This transfer requires the following information:

  • an authorization code that you need to request at your current provider.
  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

A transfer for a .biz takes a maximum of 6 days to complete. The transfer can be rejected by the current provider or the owner of the domain during this period. The registration period after a successful transfer will extend with 1 year unless the transfer is ordered within the domain's auto-renew grace period at the previous registrar. 

Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer extends
Average transfer time Max 6 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .cat domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

The ownership change is done by replacing the owner's contact in RCP or via API.
Both the previous and the new registrant will receive an e-mail.

Other update

  • Domain attributes update - via RCP/API, real-time


A deletion is realtime. After delete the domain hold in soft quarantine status for 44 days and can be reactivated. On 45th-day status changes to hard quarantine that lasts 28 days. On 73th day status changes to "pendingDelete" then domain being removed from the registry within 5 days.

Restore / reactivate

Reactivation is possible via RCP/API within 72 days after delete.

Domain lifecycle
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 3 characters
  • Maximum length: 62 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: Some (à; ç; è é; í; ï; l·l; ò; ó; ú; ü)
  • Registration period: 1-10 years
  • Renewal date offset: 0 days
    The number of days before the registry's expiration date, that Openprovider requires the domain to be renewed or expired. More info.
  • Soft quarantine period: 44 days
    During this period, following after an expiration, the domain can be restored for free. This period does not apply if the domain is deleted explicitly. More info.
  • Quarantine period: 28 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
  • Local presence required? no
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? no
  • Local activity required? yes
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • Within 6 months after registration, site content must include Catalan as one of the languages available.
Registration agreement The registry requires that a registration agreement is in place between the provider and the domain holder. The text of this registration agreement and any required supplements is the following:
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