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

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

Additional notes on a .nl transfer

  • 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
  • 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).

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


  • 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



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.
  • 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.
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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