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

  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
  • owner handle requires additional data (personal - Tax number; company - VAT)
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

Observe name policy while registering name (non-compliant are deleted with no refunds)

After registration, the owner and technical receive 2 emails:

  • Information about the domain status
  • Information about the assignment of the contacts to the domain name.

The second contains all registration data. If the holder isn't assigned to another domain, then "NicHandle" from the document is required for future owner changes.

Note on identification data

If the ID is in use with an existing contact, the registry will use existing contact rather than any new contact that you are creating also if a company trading under different names, but with the same identification number as a result, the contacts always collide and the name cannot easily be registered on the right data. Contact to fix it.
ID/VAT always corresponds to the country where the company/person is registered ("X" country VAT cannot be associated with a contact with a "Y" country address, country and VAT must belong to the same country). Invalidated holder gets email subjected "Rectification of domain owner contact". If the documentation for owner update is not resent in 48 hours, the registry deletes the name.

This transfer requires the following information:

  • an authorization code that you need to request at your current provider (validity: 8-30 days)
  • the domain's contact handles (owner, administrative, etc.)
  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group

If the current registrar can not provide an auth code, request it from the registry.

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 .pt domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

Trade initiated by the current owner by the new domain holder directly at the registry.

Other update

The ownership change is done by replacing the owner's contact in RCP or via API.
Nameservers should be preconfigured, otherwise, registry name after in a few weeks.
The administrative contact is always the registrar - you cannot update that contact.
Holder updated by a trade - see the respective section for more information.
Holder and administrative contact update directly on the registry's website is not recommended.


If a .pt domain should not be renewed, let it expire in the account with set up auto-renewal to off. The domain will expire at its expiration date.
To explicitly delete a domain, send request via RCP/API.
Holder will get an e-mail about this request and has 8 days to decline.
If the domain holder declines the deletion request, the domain will remain active in account.

Restore / reactivate

After expiration customer has 28 days to restore the domain.
If deleted explicitly, then restore is not available.
Wait until the domain will be free again and re-register it.

Technical information
  • Available second level domains:,
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 3 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: á, à, â, ã, ç, é, ê, í, ó, ô, õ, ú
  • 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: 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(s) can be registered without further limitations.
  • Tax number (individual) or VAT number (company) is required.
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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