The registration of a .de is realtime.

While at the moment of registration the holder is not required to be domiciled in Germany, the domain holder must name a person in Germany as responsible for receiving the service of official or court documents in case a legal case is issued to DENIC about a domain with a holder who is not domiciled in Germany. If you do not have a German address, you may use our trustee service. The trustee service can be selected during the ordering process by checking the box for using our local address, see screenshot:



Important: When a domain is registered or transferred the registry checks if the nameservers that you want to use for the domain are already configured. If they are not well configured the registry will not allow you to use of them for this domain.

This means that the records for the domain must be configured before you register or transfer the domain. Make sure that the zone contains at least 1 A-record and that you use 3 nameservers and not 2, this is a requirement of the registry.

Via this link you can find the DNS-check that the registry uses:




A transfer is realtime and requires an authorization code. This authorization code can be requested at the current registrar. The code is valid for a period of 8 to 30 days, depending on the current registrar's settings.


From the 25th of May, 2018, a local presence is no longer required for .de domains. In case the current registrar refuses to provide the authorization code because the domain is using their local presence, ask them to update the domain information and remove their local presence.

If the current provider is unable or unwilling to provide you with the authorization code, Openprovider can ask registry DENIC to send this code by registered letter to the domain holder. Additional costs are involved, please contact us for more information.

If you receive any error after the transfer is complete, or the nameservers have not been updated. Please also see the article above.


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


Outgoing transfer

To transfer a domain to another registrar, you need an authorization code. As the authorization code of .de domains is valid for just thirty (30) days, you may need to request a new code through the Authorization code management page in the control panel.

Note that we can not provide an authorization code if the domain uses our trustee service (also called local presence or domicily). To request an authorization code for such a domain, deactivate the trustee first by a domain update.


Trade (owner change)


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




An update is processed realtime. Changed nameservers will be updated in the registry's zonefile after 2 hours.
To make sure the nameservers meet the .de standards, a nameserver check can be preformed at the DENIC website.




There are two ways of removing a .de domain from Openprovider:


    • Explicitly deletion upon request of the domain holder puts the domain into a redemption period.


    • Putting the domain in TRANSIT gives the domain back to the registry. The domain remains registered, but the supplier is no longer us or you. The registry (DENIC) will send a letter by postal mail to the domain owner with login data for the TRANSIT website and further information. If the domain holder wants to delete the domain, he should request so in writing to DENIC.



Restore (reactivation)


If a domain name expires in Openprovider, or if you have sent an explicit delete command to the registry, the domain name is put into quarantine or redemption period for 30 days. You can restore a domain in redemption period from the Openprovider control panel.

If you have put a domain into TRANSIT, it can be restored in Openprovider by requesting a regular domain transfer. The domain owner or administrative contact can login to DENIC's TRANSIT website (login details are sent by postal mail after putting the domain into TRANSIT) and request an authorization code.

If no login to the TRANSIT website is possible, the owner or administrative contact can request DENIC to set a new authorization code by means of a form. This form can be downloaded at DENIC's website.


TLD information


Detailed extension information
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Min: 1
  • Max: 63
  • Letters and numbers
  • IDN: Yes,
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Renewal date offset: 1 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: 0 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? yes
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? yes
  • Nameservers must be configured and return an authoritative answer before the domain is requested.
  • If a legal case is issued to DENIC about a domain with a holder who is not domiciled in Germany, the domain holder must name a person in Germany as responsible for receiving the service of official or court documents.
  • Trustee services are available and are subject to additional costs per period on top of renewal costs.
  • Domain guidelines:
  • Terms and conditions:
  • Dispute policy:
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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