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.nl

This article describes the procedures and requirements of .nl domain names.
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You can register a .nl domain through our API or control panel. This registration is real time and requires the following information:
  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group


Please note that SIDN, does not allow the use of a Postal Box (postbus) in your contact handles and that the phone number in all contact handles needs to be valid.
You can start a .nl domain transfer through our API or control panel.
This transfer requires the following information:
  • an authorisation code that you need to request at your current provider.
  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group
A transfer for a nl domain is processed real-time.

The registration period after a successful transfer is unchanged.

Please note that SIDN, does not allow the use of a Postal Box (postbus) in your contact handles and that the phone number in all contact handles needs to be valid.

Additional notes on a .nl transfer

  • An authorization code is not required if the current registrar is bankrupt
  • If the current registrar does not provide the authorization code contact Openprovider
  • 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.

Owner change (trade)

An owner change can be performed by updating the owner handle of the domain. This change is processed realtime. The administrative contact of the domain name will receive an e-mail about this change.

Other update

Nameserver or contact updates can be performed directly through the control panel or the API. This change is processed realtime.

Delete

A delete is realtime. After a delete the domain will be in quarantine status for 38 days. During this period the domain can be reactivated at an additional fee.

Restore / reactivate

A domain can be restored using a restore domain command at the supplier. The domain can be renewed for 38 days after expiring.
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.
  • 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.
  • If you wonder what SYNC_RENEW is, please check this article
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:
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