Registering a domain name

Have you thought of a domain name and checked that it's available? Now you can register it through a registrar (hosting service provider). This is how you do it:

How to registrar a domain name through a registrar

  1. Looking up a domain name

    If you've thought of a name, you'll want to know whether anyone else has already taken it. You can do that by typing it into the bar at the homepage, where it says Check your .nl domain name here. Our checker will tell you whether the name is available, or what its status is.

  2. Chose a registrar

    If the name you've thought of hasn't been taken, we'll show you a random selection of eight registrars (hosting service providers) who can register it for you.

    Already chosen a registrar that's not one of the eight? No problem. Select from a comprehensive list of registrars offering registration services to the public.  Want a registrar that offers a particular service feature – say DNSSEC or IPv6? Then just click the service icon to filter the list. Select a registrar and we'll direct you to a page on their website where you can apply for your chosen .nl quickly and easily.

  3. Register your domain name.

    Pay special attention to two things:

    1.    Make sure that the application names you or your organisation as the registrant.

    It's the registrant that controls the domain name. Only the registrant can transfer a domain name, reactivate a quarantined domain name or make someone else the registrant.

    Tip: Avoiding problems Problems can arise later if you don't think carefully about who is named as the registrant. If the application is in the name of an employee, what happens when he or she gets another job? If there are two people at the same address called J Smith, will correspondence reach the right person? So make sure that the application's in the right name. And, if anything changes, let us you know right away.

    2.    Make sure you give the right e-mail address.

    The e-mail address you give for your administrative contact must be one where we can be sure of reaching you. We'll use that address to let you know about changes affecting your domain name. And it'll appear in the Whois, where other people can look up details of your domain name. It's a good idea to give your own address as the technical contact's address. Your registrar may do that automatically.

  4. Optional: secure your domain name.

    You may want to get extra security for your domain name.

  5. Agree to the terms and conditions.

    1.    When you register a .nl domain name, you enter into a contract with us. Your registrar will arrange it for you. One of the conditions is that you accept the General Terms and Conditions for .nl Registrants.

    2.    You'll normally enter into another contract with your registrar, covering other services, such as mail and hosting. Usually, it's all arranged as part of the same application process.

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  6. Your registrar registers your domain name with us.

    Once you've agreed to the conditions, your registrar submits your application to us. We deal with applications in the order we receive them. If there are no issues with your application, we'll add your new domain name to the .nl zone. That doesn't take long: no more than an hour from when your registrar submits the application.

  7. Check your details in the Whois.

    Checking your details just involves typing your domain name into the bar at the homepage. Hit 'show registration details', then agree to the conditions for viewing detailed information. Is everything the way you wanted it, including the registrant's name and the administrative contact's e-mail address?

Afterwards: keep your details up to date

Make sure that we always have up-to-date contact details for you, in case we need to get in touch. If there are changes, let us know through your registrar. For more info, see Updating contact details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the bar at the top, where it says Check your .nl domain name here (Whois).

The specified date and time specify only when the quarantine period ends. After the quarantine period a random period between 0 en 3600 seconds (1 hour) occurs before the domain name becomes available for anyone to register. Read more about undoing the cancellation of a domain name.

You need to go through your registrar, who can update your details on our system. Make sure that your domain name is registered in your name. It's also important that your e-mail address is given for the administrative contact. That's the address where we'll send information about any changes affecting your domain name.

Registrars fix their own prices. A domain name often comes as part of a package of services, which differs from one registrar to the next. The package may include things such as e-mail, web hosting and website management. We don't tell registrars what to charge for their services.

The way we handle your personal data is described in SIDN and Privacy.

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