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About .de Domains

denic.de is the sponsor and KeySystems is our backend provider for the country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) .de extensions that represents Germany.

Who can register .de domains?

Anyone can register a .de domain.

Registration Restrictions
Must Use
  • 3 - 63 Characters
Can Use
  • Letters: a-z
  • Numbers: 0-9
  • Hyphens (except in the 1st or last characters of the domain name)
Cannot Use
  • Special Characters (e.g.,& and #)


Features Availability
Registration Length 1 year
Renewal Length 1 year 1
Bulk Registration Supported
Backorders Not Supported
Transfers To Supported 2
Transfers Away Supported 3
Account Change Supported 4
Ownership Protection Not Supported
Privacy Protection Not Supported
Cashparking Supported
Contact Updates Supported 5
IDNs Supported (German)
Refunds

For details on refunds, please visit GoDaddy's Refund Policy page. Most domains will follow the Standard Terms, but certain domains will have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. Look under BOTH of the following categories:

  • Products with Special Refund Terms (look under Domain Name Registrations/Renewals)
  • Products Not Eligible for Refunds

Custom Nameserver Requirements
Must Use
  • 0-13 Nameservers
  • Authoritive Nameservers
  • Each nameserver must be on a separate class-C network. That is, the first three octets cannot be the same. For example, 216.1.69.1 and 68.42.99.120 are valid.
Can Use
  • IPv4
  • IPv6
Cannot Use
  • Vanity Nameservers
  • DNSSEC
DNS Validation Tool


1 Renewal Restrictions

Your .de domain name renews before its expiration date. The renewal date depends on whether the domain name is auto-renewed or renewed manually. Auto-renewal is attempted on the first day of the month prior to the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt renewal on the 10th of the month and again on the 20th of the month.

If we cannot auto-renew the domain name and you do not manually renew it by the 20th of the month prior to the expiration date, it must be redeemed. There might be a fee for the redemption. See Recovering expired domain names for instructions on the redemption.

For example: Your .de domain name expires on October 10. If your domain name does not renew automatically, you can renew it manually by September 20. For automatic renewals, we attempt to renew the domain name on September 1, September 10, and September 20.

2 Transfers In Requirements

When a .de domain is transferred, any registration period longer than 1 year does not carry over to the new registrar.

If your losing registrar requires our trustee information, please contact our award-winning GoDaddy Guides .

3 Transfers Away Restriction

The domain does not need to be unlocked, you must initiate the transfer with the gaining registrar, who will require the registrant to provide an authorization code for the transfer. Please contact our award-winning GoDaddy Guides to request the authorization code.

4 Account Change Restriction

When you move a .de domain to another account you cannot change the registrant's first name, last name, or organization. Please choose the "do not change" option for the contact information during the account change process.

5 Contact Update Requirements

For changes to the registrant information on your .de domain name, please contact our award-winning GoDaddy Guides for assistance.

Changes to all other domain name contacts can be made through the Domain Manager. See Change my domain contact information for information on this process.

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