.nl domain name

With a .nl domain name, you have a unique and reliable Dutch on-line address. To apply for a .nl domain name, you have to go through a registrar – a service provider that acts as an intermediary between you and SIDN. This area of our website explains how to register a domain name, how to update an existing registration and what to do in the event of a complaint or dispute. There is also a list of registrars and information about becoming a registrar.

Domain name explained

Looking up a domain name

What is a domain name and what rules apply? To check whether a domain name's available, use the Whois. If a domain name's already in use, the Whois will give details.

Registering a domain name

You register a domain name through a registrar. Read how you do that and what you should consider, e.g. securing your domain name. There's also info about how we protect your privacy.

Updating your registration

If your registration needs updating, you do that through your registrar. Use the links for details of the different types of update.

Disputes and complaints

Do you believe that a domain name's use is wrong, unethical or unlawful? Do you have a problem with the content linked to a domain name? Use the links to see what you can do. There are also links to legal information about domain names and advice on what to do if you have a complaint.

Finding a registrar

Becoming a registrar

Would you like to be able to register domain names yourself? To do that, you need to become a .nl registrar. You have also the option of becoming an affiliate. Look up the benefits.

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