A .fr domain name registration is realtime.


It is required that the office/residence of the registrant is within the EU.


If you are registering the domain name with an individual as the owner you will need to supply the date, place and country of birth.
The details of an individual registrant will be hidden in the whois automatically.

The tech handle can not be a person, but needs to be a company handle.

Registry AFNIC maintains a list of domain names to the "reserved" status, for example town and community names. Unfortunately we cannot see this status until the registration request, that will fail with a "2304, Object status prohibits operation" error.

Reserved domain names can be registered if the registrant has a legitimate interest, for example if the name is his company name. Please contact us in such case. The list is available at AFNIC's website.




To transfer a .fr domain name please make sure to first get the authorisation code from the current registrar. Using this code you can request the transfer through our website.

Once the transfer is started the current registrar will have 8 days to object against the transfer.

If objection against the transfer is given the transfer will extend to 22 days. The current registrar can accept the transfer within these 22 days after contact with their customer.

If no objection or approval is given the transfer will complete automatically after 8 days or fail after 22 days.

The registry will not send an e-mail to the domain contacts after the transfer finishes.




Transfer characteristics
Transfer authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer restarts
Transfer time 8-22 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .fr domains is available.


Trade (owner change)


An owner change can be performed by updating the owner handle of the domain. This change is processed realtime.

If the domainname is premium or reserved, please contact to validate this owner change.




An contact update can be performed by updating the handle of the domain. This change is processed realtime.




A .fr domain can be deleted by either manually removing it from your control panel or setting it to not be automatically renwed.

When a domain is set it to not be automatically renewed, our system will delete the domain on its expiration date.


Restore (reactivation)


A domain can be restored using a restore domain command at the supplier. The domain can be renewed for 14 days after expiring.


TLD information


Detailed extension information
Technical information
  • Available second level domains:,,,
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 3 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: no
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Renewal date offset: 2 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: n/a 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: 29 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
  • Local presence required? yes
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? yes
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • It is required that the office/residence of the registrant is within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
  • Additional information about date, place and country of birth (private individuals) is required.
  • The tech handle can not be a person, but needs to be a company handle
  • Legal judgments for .fr:
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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