.DE domain policies

Registration details

Registration details can be found in the TLD reference chart.

Residency requirements

Local presence is no longer required to register a .DE domain as of May 2018. .DE domains can be registered from any owner country.

If the registrant is not located in Germany, they must be able to provide an authorized contact, located in Germany, who can receive official or court documents on their behalf. This must be provided to the registry within two weeks upon request.

Name server and DNS Requirements

To activate a .DE domain, you must provide at least two functional name servers; however, you may provide up to five name servers per domain. Additionally, the two required name servers must be active on two different subnets and must be authoritative for the domain name at the time of registration.  Using this Registry tool, you should be able to check the functionality of the name servers. 

If the name is registered and the name servers are not active, the Registrant has thirty (30) days to activate and park the name on them. If the thirty (30) day period is completed and the name servers are still not activated, DENIC deletes the domain name without providing any refund. 

The name servers associated with the domain name can be modified during the thirty (30)-day period, subject to DENIC verification. If the name servers do not meet DENIC criteria, the change request is ignored.

If the name servers are not active, they must be resubmitted once they have been activated. Once the name servers are resubmitted, the status will show as failed until DENIC accepts them.

OpenSRS SystemDNS name servers can be used during domain registration

Note: If you receive an error while adding SystemDNS name servers, please see below:

After Registration, select: "Use Your Own Nameservers" => Add the NS manually:
Save. (You may require to add a simple A record to create the zone file before this step)

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All .DE domains are set to auto-renew. 

There is no grace period for .DE domains and the domains go into redemption period after expiry. Redemption period is thirty (30) days after deletion. Within this period, the domain can only be re-registered on behalf of the last domain holder or in the name of a third party defined by the domain holder. 

Deletion and Transit

All .DE domains are set to auto-renew unless the registrant does not wish to auto-renew the domain and provides us with the signed form explicitly stating they do not want to renew the domain.

To delete the domain name or allow it to expire, the reseller will need to complete and submit the deletion form mentioned above at least five days before the expiry date. Once the form is received, OpenSRS support can process a deletion order.  On a deletion order, the auto-renew option will be turned off as per resellers request, and the domain will expire on its natural expiry date. 

Please note, The form must be submitted to us by the reseller, not the registrant of the domain. 

If the registrant/reseller changes their mind about the deletion order,  they must contact OpenSRS support at help@opensrs.com.

Transit is a service of DENIC that ensures the domain holder will not lose the domain if a provider no longer administers it. The domain will not be deleted immediately and is not available for registration to anybody else while the transit procedure is running. A transit order can be processed for the below reasons: 

  • If the reseller cannot reach the registrant
  • If the registrant refuses to pay for the domain 
  • If the registrant refuses to sign the form

To place a .DE domain on a transit order reseller will have to contact OpenSRS support at help@opensrs.com. They can state "I can not reach the registrant, please give the domain back to the registry."  Once OpenSRS support processes the transit order the registry will no longer point the domain at OpenSRS.  The registry will take over the process of contacting the end-user.

 If the registrant changes their mind about the transit order, they will have to contact the registry directly.  

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If a .DE domain is transferred into OpenSRS, but the nameservers are not correctly configured, the transfer order will complete successfully but the domain will not point to the name servers listed on the transfer order. Once the nameservers are correctly configured, you can send a nameserver update order on the domain to rectify this issue. 

Unlike standard gTLD domains which have sixty (60) day post-registration transfer-hold restriction for a registrar to registrar transfers, .DE transfer in and transfer away is not restricted to any hold period. This means that a transfer can be performed at any time after a domain is registered.

Auth codes are required for all .DE transfers and can be obtained from the current registrar for the domain. The Authcode expires after thirty (30) days. If you try to use an Authcode after it has expired, you will see a message saying that the Authcode is undefined. You can generate a new one via the Manage Web Interface (End-user portal) or the Reseller Control Panel

Please note: the transfer authorization email will be sent to the admin contact specified in the transfer order, rather than the admin contact for the domain.

Change of ownership

Changing ownership of a .DE domain follows the process outlined in Transferring domains and changing domain ownership.

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