.nl

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

  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group
  • postal box (postbus) is not allowed in the registrant handle
  • valid phone number is required in all handles
  • If FAX number is entered (not required?), it must be valid

Successful domain transfer requires:

  • an authorisation code that you need to request at your current provider.
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group
  • postal box (postbus) is not allowed in the registrant handle
  • valid phone number is required in all handles
  • If FAX number is entered (not required?), it must be valid

 

If you notice that the nameservers or the contacts are not correctly updated after a transfer, the update was not accepted by SIDN due to one of the missing requirements above.
Make sure to correct the data in the used handles, before processing a domain update.



Additional notes on a .nl transfer

  • Remaining registration period at the registry will be unchanged. This period might be different then your previous hosting provider communicated in case they renew .nl domains per month or quarter with SIDN instead of per year. In addition, SIDN does not support multiyear renewals.
  • An authorization code is not required if the current registrar is bankrupt, contact support for more information.
  • Escalation procedure is possible if the current registrar does not provide the authorization code.
  • Bulk transfers are possible (more info)
  • Transfer from quarantine is possible; additional costs apply. More info here.
  • In exceptional cases, SIDN can request us to send the authorization code directly to the domain holder.
  • Openprovider does not (yet) support .nl Control. If you want to transfer a domain that runs under .nl Control, please deactivate this at the current registrar before ordering the transfer in Openprovider.
  • If registry expiration date is close or expired (<= 1 day), you will have 1 day after activation and Openprovider will enable auto-renew (and notify about that).

Proof of ownership

In some cases, for example when requesting us to escalate a transfer or to transfer a domain from quarantine, we are obliged to check the ownership of the domain name. The domain holder can request those data from registry SIDN, or you can do so for the domain holder:

  • Visit SIDN's website in English or Dutch
  • Fill in the domain name, the domain holder's e-mail address and zip code
  • SIDN will now send two links to the domain holder and administrative contact:
    • one link for the domain holder himself
    • and one link that can be shared with others
  • Do not open the second link (as it can be opened only once!), but send it to Openprovider
  • Openprovider is now able to validate the owner details
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer unchanged
Average transfer time Realtime
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .nl domains is available.
  • Authorization code request - via RCP or API
  • Authorization code reset - not possible

Owner change (trade)

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

Other update

  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime

 

 

If you notice that the nameservers or the contacts are not correctly updated after a transfer, the update was not accepted by SIDN due to one of the missing requirements above.
Make sure to correct the data in the used handles, before processing a domain update.

Delete

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

In case error is shown "Cannot delete domain on registry side" the domain is limited (Pledgedpandrecht). Please contact the registrant and / or SIDN to resolve this.

Restore / reactivate

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

 

 

Registry
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • 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: 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: 38 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
Restrictions
  • Local presence required? no
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? n/a
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • The Domain(s) can be registered without further limitations.
  • A Postal Box (postbus) in not allowed in the contact handles
  • The phone number in all contact handles needs to have a valid amount of numbers.
Policies
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. No rights can be derived from the information in this knowledge base. If there is discrepancy between the knowledge base and the process in Openprovider, the process in Openprovider is leading.

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