.ZA domain policies

Shortcut to this article: opensrs.help/za

.ZA is the TLD for South Africa and is regulated by ZA Central Registry (ZACR, http://co.za/).
Note: ZACR has released a recent policy update. In a bid to create more awareness around COVID-19, the Republic of South Africa's government has called on all .ZA domain name holders that have an associated website to create a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za. For more details, see section 5.1.4 of Regulation No. 43164 published on Thursday, Mar 26, 2020.  

OpenSRS offers domain name registrations for the following third level domains: .CO.ZA, .NET.ZA, .ORG.ZA, and .WEB.ZA.  There is no residency requirement for .ZA.

Registration details

Registration details can be found in the TLD reference chart.

Name server & DNS requirements

  • OpenSRS SystemDNS name servers can be used during domain registration

Once a nameserver update has been submitted, no changes to the update may be made until the update is either canceled or completed. This may take up to half an hour.

Nameservers for .ZA domains must be authoritative for the domain; otherwise, the nameserver update will fail. This means that a zone file must already be set up for a domain, and the nameservers must respond to queries made about the domain before the registry will approve the nameserver update. 

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Renewal requests should be submitted before the domain's expiry date to renew the domain.

Auto-renew can be removed up to ~ two days before the domain's expiration date; otherwise, the domain will renew.


Authorization codes are not required for the transfer of .ZA domains. Transfers will take between 5 and 10 days to complete.

The gaining registrar initiates the transfer process. Upon transfer start, the registrant, as well as the losing registrar, will receive a confirmation email by the registry.  If the registrant confirms, the registry will complete the transfer.

Note: Transfers between registrars will dispatch a transfer validation email to the registrant contact. Transfers between resellers will dispatch a transfer validation email to the administrative contact. Transfer away - If the registrant fails to confirm the email from the .za registry, the transfer will fail. 

Changes of ownership

.ZA changes of ownership follow the procedure outlined in Transferring domains and changing domain ownership. Contact updates take five days to complete. Once a contact update has been submitted, no changes to the update may be made until the update is either canceled or completed. Contact updates may be canceled manually at the registry by contacting our support team.

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