Change registrant

This information relates to .be domain names. Information related to transferring .vlaanderen and .brussels domain names to a new registrant can be found here.

The new transfer procedure doesn't make a distinction between a change of registrar and the change of registrant, with or without a change of registrar.

Transferring a domain name to a new registrant: step by step

1. Request transfer code

The current registrant contacts his "current" registrar (the one who has managed his domain name until now) or his "new" registrar (the one who will manage his domain name after execution of the trade) asking him to request with DNS Belgium the transfer code linked to his domain name. The registrant can also request the transfer code directly with DNS Belgium via the WHOIS page of his domain name. More information on this can be found here.
Alternatively, the "new" registrant can contact the old or the new registrar to request the transfer code. In this case as well, the transfer code will be sent to the old registrant who sends it to the new registrant.

2. Receive transfer code

DNS Belgium sends the transfer code to the registrant's e-mail address as mentioned in our registration system. It is clear that it is very important to have a correct e-mail address. You can check your e-mail address filling in the domain name (without .be) in the WHOIS tool on our homepage. If the e-mail address is no longer valid, you need to contact you current registrar requesting him to update it. The current registrant send the transfer code he received from DNS Belgium to the new registrant taking over the domain name.

3. Choose a registrar

If the new registrant doesn't have a registrar yet, you contact one of our list of official registrars, unless you wish the current registrar to make the change.

4. Read the conditions!

The registration of a .be domain name (and therefore also a name transfer) implies that you expressly accept the general terms and conditions for end-users. The registrar you have chosen must submit these conditions to you on registration of your domain. If your registrar did not submit the conditions to you, then you can consult them here.

5. Pass on the transfer code to your registrar

You pass on the transfer code to your registrar.

  • If your domain name is not in quarantine, you can simply do this online.
  • If your domain name is in quarantine, it’s better to contact your registrar via phone or e-mail. In order to transfer this domain name, your registrar must follow a special procedure (transfer from quarantaine). There are extra costs involved with this procedure.

6. Set up name server

The new registrar will use your details to set up a name server. To avoid problems it is best to take this step before proceeding with step 7.

7. Submit the transfer request

The new registrar submits a transfer to the .be registration system using the transfer code he received from the registrant.

8. Process the transfer

Our internal application simply checks to see whether the code provided corresponds with the domain name for which the transfer is being requested. If the code-check is positive, the transfer is completed immediately and the registrar is notified of the change. If you choose to move your domain name to a new registrar as well, the former registrar is informed now that the domain name concerned is transferred away. The .be name servers and the WHOIS show the new data immediately.

9. Remove old information

The former registrar removes all information about this domain name from his name servers.

10. Fees

More information about the fees charged to registrars can be found here.

transfer code

Code you need to move your domain name to another registrar and/or to transfer it to another registrant. This code consists of 5 groups with 3 numbers. 


Look-up which gives information about the registrant of the domain name, his registrar, the name server and also some information about the domain status. 


Is the entity that registers a domain name for a company, organization or person. Next to the “resale” of web addresses registrars can also offer hosting services, web design... 


A computer program or hardware device that provides services to other computer programs or users.


Domain owner, person who holds a domain name.


Domain Name System or Domain Name Server. The global DNS is the system and protocol used on the internet to translate domain names into IP addresses and vice versa. 


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