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

  • Registrant contact require:
    • Located within the EU
    • For private individual
      • the date, place and country of birth (hidden in whois)
  • Technical contact must be a company
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group


Registry maintains a list of domain names to the "reserved" status (towns, community names). If registration fails with a "2304, Object status prohibits operation" error, contact us in such case (reserved domain names can be registered if the registrant has a legitimate interest).

com.fr and tm.fr can not be registered since 2013.
Existing com.fr and tm.fr can be managed like any other domain and can be transferred into Openprovider.

Successful domain transfer via RCP or API requires:

  • Registrant contact require:
    • Located within the EU
    • For private individual
      • the date, place and country of birth (hidden in whois)
  • Technical contact must be a company
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group


The transfer period is subject to cooperation of the current registrar:

  • if the current registrar approves the transfer, it completes immediately
  • if the current registrar does not approve/reject the transfer, it completes after 8 days
  • if the current registrar rejects the transfer within the first 8 days, it completes after 22 days

If the holder wants to cancel an initiated transfer, only the gaining registrar (Openprovider) can do so; you can cancel the transfer from the transfer queue in RCP.

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

Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer restarts
Average 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.

Owner change (trade)

  • requested as a normal domain update via RCP or API
  • processed realtime

If your domain is premium/reserved - contact us to validate this change.

Other update

  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime


  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime
  • will result in a quarantine period


Restore / reactivate

  • restore / reactivation supported via RCP or API
  • quarantine period can be found under
    Detailed extension information > Technical information > Quarantine period


Technical information
  • Available second level domains: .nom.fr, .prd.fr, .presse.fr
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 1 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: supported
  • 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.
    Note that the dates as shown in your Openprovider account are always leading, even if they do not match the renewal date offset mentioned here.
  • 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: http://www.nic.fr/en/dispute-resolution/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:

Due to the regular changes in registry rules and configuration or missing information from registry side, and despite our effort to keep our knowledge base up-to-date, information in the knowledge base may be outdated or incorrect. If you encounter some issue, please report it through the "HotJar" feedback collector on the bottom right, or (if it is blocked by your browser) by clicking the "Submit a request" link below. If there is discrepancy between the knowledge base and the process in Openprovider, the process in Openprovider is leading.

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