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The .DE extension pertains to Germany, it's the worldwide most used Country code Top Level domain, just behind .com domains.
The extension is being managed by DENIC, actually there are more than 16 million registered .DE domains.
.de domain rates and features
Domain rates .de
|Does not include renewal
- Special DNS requirements
- Domain length between 1 and 63 characters
- IDN characters are permitted
- Allows DNS modification
- The transfer extends the expiration date by one year from the date of termination
.de domain life cycle
.de domain regulations
Index of regulations
This extension doesn't have any residency requirements. In case there is a legal dispute or another problem reported to the registry, the domain holder must provide a contact person in Germany who is responsible for receiving the service of official or judicial documents.
.DE domains require the DNS to be active on different subnets and to be authoritative for the domain at the time of registration.
You can check if they pass these minimum requirements using our Zone Check tool.
.de domain registrations are immediate.
To complete .DE domain transfer, you'll need your current registrar to provide you the domain's AuthCode or EPP-Key to verify the ownership of the domain.
Transfers can take between 5 and 7 days to complete. Some registrars provide manual transfers allowing transfers to be completed on the same day, contact your current registrar to find out if they offer this service.
The expiration date changes but a new year isn't added. The new expiration date will be created adding a year to the transfer completion date.
You can renew your .DE domain 30 days before the expiration date. As they can be renewed for a maximum of one year, if there is still time left for renewal, it will be marked as "pending renewal" and will be renewed when it approaches its expiry date.
It is important to renew the domain at least 2 days before its expiration date, otherwise it is possible that the Registry will delete it and the cost of renewal/recovery will increase.
It's possible to request a cancellation of your .DE domain, visit the support center to open a support ticket. Please note, cancelling a name does not provide a refund of any registration fees.
DNS modification is immediate, please note they must propagate through the network, this process can take up to 6-12 hours to complete, until then the domain will still point to the previous DNS servers.
We allow the usage of DNSSEC on .de domains. Your domain can take advantage of this additional security layer that DNS servers that are compatible with this technology can provide.
More information is available at: DNSSEC: What is it and how does it work.
Domain owner change
.DE domains permit automatic owner changes, you'll be able to change this data from your client area.
Permitted characters / IDN
.de domains permit characters from 'a' to 'z', numbers from '0' to '9' and hyphens '-'.
A hyphen '-' is not permitted in the first or last position of the domain name.
Two consecutive hyphens are not permitted in the 3rd and 4th position.
IDN characters are permitted in .de domains.
Permitted IDN character table for .de domains
An Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) is a domain name that can contain non ASCII characters.
IDN domains don't permit to mix different Scripts or character sets (for example, Latin, Greek or Cyrillic).
But it's possible to use different character tables for a same script.
- The Latin Script permits the use of characters of Latin-1 supplement, Latin Extended-A, Latin Extended-B, etc.. tables.
- The Greek Script permits to combine characters of the Greek, Greek Extended, etc.. tables, doesn't permit combine them with the normal latin characters (a-z), but permits the use of numbers or hyphens.
- Other script types have their own corresponding tables.
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