This article describes the procedures and requirements of .bank domain names.
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Average registration period is 24-48 hrs in case if all requirements were complied but could take longer in case of some data clarification.

Successful domain registration via RCP or XML API or REST API requires:

NB: In case of successful registration, domain will resolve only if DNS delegation requirements are met

Successful domain DNS delegation requires:

  • At least 2 nameservers in .bank zone
  • Domain must be secured with DNSSEC
  • Domain must be secured with SSL certificate
  • Full security requirements on the registry's website


The error "The owner-data differs too much with the current registration-data!"indicates that the registration/registrant information submitted and the information contained within the token do not match. The best way to handle this issue would be to contact the linked bank and ask them which would be final form and either you update the information used for registration, or they update the information within the token.

Successful domain transfer via RCP or XML API or REST API requires:

During the transfer period which can take 6 days, the current provider or the owner can reject to the transfer.

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.

Problems transferring your domain?
Please take a look at this extended article for possible solutions.

Additional notes on a .bank transfer

  • As long as the registrant (company name, contact name and e-mail address) do not change during the transfer, no re-verification of the registrant is required.
  • If any of those data does change, the registry will start a new verification process, similar to that of a new domain name or a trade (owner change).
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode,email
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 .bank domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

  • requested as a normal domain update via RCP or XML API or REST API
  • processed realtime
  • both previous and new registrant will receive an e-mail. This is a notification only, no action is required.
  • registrant e-mail address verification applies
  • Domain owner verification required - registry will send e-mails to old and new owner with explanations. Process is similar to domain registration verification process

Other update

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.


Explicit delete

  • Requested via RCP or XML API or REST API
  • processed realtime
  • will directly result in quarantine (redemption period)  (no soft quarantine applies)

In case the domain expires (not renewed in time);

  • will not be deleted directly at the registry
  • will lead to soft quarantine, followed by regular quarantine

Restore / reactivate

  • restore / reactivation supported via RCP or XML API or REST API
  • quarantine periods can be found under
    Detailed extension information > Technical information > Quarantine period
  • After quarantine, 5 days PendingDelete period (restore not possible)
Domain lifecycle
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 1 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z, 0-9, -
  • IDN characters: no
  • 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.
    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: 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? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • The domain name must match the registrant's trademark, trade name or service mark.
  • Strict eligibility requirements apply. Summarised, the registrant must be a bank-related entity that is charted and supervised by a government regulatory authority. This eligibility validation is performed before initial registration and each next year. Full information can be found in the registry's eligibility policy.
  • Ineligible domains may still be accepted by the registry in some cases, but those domains will not resolve. Please refer to the eligibility policies for full information.
  • DNSSEC is required
  • Only in-zone nameservers (nameservers within the .bank zone like ns1.yourdomainname.bank) may be used.
  • If you reseller .bank domains to your customers, two-factor authentication is required.
  • Domain fees for requests that could not be validated will be refunded only partially.
  • SSL certificate is required. The registry has added the complete .bank zone to the HSTS preload list to enforce this requirement.
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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