Registering domain names

Who can register a domain name? Anyone, from businesses to organisations to individuals, can register a .be domain. You need not be a Belgian resident, or, if you operate a business, it need not be based in Belgium. When you register a domain name you acquire an annual right of use of the domain name. You cannot therefore buy a domain name or view it as your property.

You can only apply for a domain name via one of our registrars. These are companies who have entered into a contract with DNS Belgium, through which they are entitled to register domain names. You will find a list of these registrars on this website. Should you wish to register a domain name with a suffix other than .be, .vlaanderen or .brussels, please refer to the list of authorities responsible for other top-level domains.
 

How to register a domain name

1. Choose a name
A domain name must be unique. To check whether a given name is still available fill it in in the check box you will find in the column at the right of every page of our website. Domain names must meet with a number of technical requirements.
 
2. Choose a registrar
Having chosen a domain name you must then contact a registrar. You will find a list of these registrars on our website.
 
3. Read the conditions
When registering a .be domain name you lend your explicit agreement to the general terms and conditions for end users.
The registrar you have chosen will give these conditions to you at the time of registration, either for formal signature, or for explicit acceptance during (online) registration. If your registrar did not present you with these conditions, you can always view them here for .be and here for .vlaanderen and .brussels.
 
4. Provide the registrar with the necessary details
You will need to provide the registrar with the following details: Trading name (where appropriate) + contact person: name + phone no. + address + valid e-mail address! A valid e-mail address is of the utmost importance, because it is our only direct means of communication with you, the registrant: it will be used to send you the transfer code of your domain name. DNS Belgium may withdraw a domain name if it has no active e-mail address.

Remark: it is important to know in advance who is the registrant: individual or organisation. More info.
 
5. Complete the form
The registrar will fill in an electronic form (or you can fill it in yourself if you register online). Be sure to check that the details are correct! It is important that the details you give are actually your own, and not those of the registrar or an intermediary (e.g. web designer).
 
6. Register the domain name
Registration is completely automatic, your registrar will forward the form to us. The domain name will be automatically registered for a period of one year. The registrar will be sent confirmation of this. Once the domain name has been registered, the corresponding fee will be automatically debited from the registrar's account. It is not possible to correct a misspelled domain name; the registrar will have no other option but to register the correct name and pay a second fee.
 
7. Activation
Newly registered domain names are activated immediately.
 
8. WHOIS
When registered, your domain name will be immediately stored in the WHOIS database. Your details will be available to everyone, on the basis that everyone is entitled to know exactly who is the registrant of a given domain name or its associated website. Obviously, the WHOIS database is subject to restrictions, as a means of preventing misuse. Anyone who retrieves a domain name will be subject to the WHOIS Disclaimer, which essentially stipulates that the information cannot be used for commercial purposes.
 
9. Fees
More info about the rates 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. 

WHOIS

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. 

registrar

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... 

registrant

Domain owner, person who holds a domain name.

DNS

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. 

Questions?

Be sure to check out our FAQ pages!

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