This article describes the procedures and requirements of .al domain names.
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- The applicant of the domain, should provide correct contact information and if required, a unique identifier (e.g. business registration for companies, personal identifier for individuals). If incorrect data is provided the domain will be refused by the Registry.

- Personal ID number, found in the identity card or passport of the registrant should be correct and should correspond with the country provided by the applicant in the Country field.

- The address of the applicant should be correct and fully detailed containing:
Street name/number, Building name/number, Entrance number, Floor number, apartment number or further details if available.

-Failing to provide your fully detailed address will result in a refusal of domain registration by the Registry. Address field should not contain special characters.
Only letters, numbers and comma are allowed.

- ZIP code should not contain any blank spaces.

- Telephone/Mobile number provided by the applicant should be correct and should correspond to the Country that the Registrant has provided in the Country’s field.

- The domain that you are looking for should not be in forbidden domain names or in reserved domain names

You can find more information about Forbidden Domain Names and Reserved Domain Names on the following links :


- Transfer procedure upon request.

- It is always important to mention the Auth Code, beside the VAT number, you also have to indicate a natural person and this person's ID / passport number for the Owner Handle, whenever you register or transfer .al domains.

Additional notes on a .al transfer

A .al domain transfer must be initiated with a so-called authorization code, which can be obtained from the current registrar and the expiration date needs to be more than 30 days in the future.
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer unchanged
Average transfer time max. 6 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .al domains is available.
- requested via RCP or API
- processed realtime

- If as part of the update the domain owner’s e-mail address changes, we’re obliged to start a contact verification process if this new e-mail address was not verified before.


As .al domains cannot be deleted explicitly.
To delete a .al domain you have to set the domain renewal mode or default renewal mode to OFF.

Restore / reactivate

After an .al domain expired you have 30 days time to renew it.
After the 30 days, the domain is free for registration again.
  • Registry: AKEP
  • Registry whois:
  • Registry web based whois:
  • Registry zonefile updates: Every hour (00:00, 01:00, 02:00, ...)
Technical information
  • Available second level domains: .com.al, .net.al, .org.al
  • DNSSEC support: no
  • Minimum length: 2 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: n/a
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Renewal date offset: 35 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: 30 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? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • Local domain owner (Owner Handle) required (office/residence).
  • Local domain administrator (Admin Handle) required.
  • We do not provide a local presence service.
  • The .al domains can be registered by any entity, may this be an individual or a company. Even though the registration is free, some additional information are required.
  • If a domain is being registered for an individual, a citizen identification number is required. This can be a passport number or a national ID.
  • In case the domain is being registered by a company, then a NIPT (VAT) number is required.
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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