This regulation is valid only for generic top-level domains. Both the “old” gTLDs such as .com, .net, .info, .org, and the new extensions, e.g.: .vlaanderen, .brussels, .gent etc. fall under this regulation. The rules for country extensions (.be, .nl, .fr, etc.) are determined by the registries themselves. For the rules for a .be extension, you can check here.
Changes of owner details, a transfer of a domain name or a move to a newmust be explicitly confirmed by the owner of the domain name. A period of 60 days starts after every change during which no changes or moves are possible.
You must inform your registrar when you are going to move or when your e-mail address changes. The latter processes the changes in the WHOIS data of the domain name. This must be confirmed by means of a “Form of Authorisation.” In practice, this is often done by clicking on a link sent to you by e-mail by your registrar.
A transfer lock period of 60 days starts after every change, during which you cannot change anything in the owner details any more. You cannot change registrar either. ICANN has nonetheless allowed certain exceptions. You can correct what are typographical errors (Peetr to Peter) without transfer lock entering into force.
When you transfer your domain name to someone else, the Form of Authorisation will have to come from both the old owner (i.e. you) and the new owner. This is also required in the opposite scenario, i.e. when someone transfers his domain name to you. The transfer must be handled by your registrar within 1 day. The 60-day transfer lock period then enters into force.
The same rules apply when you want to move your domain name to a new registrar. In such a case, you give your consent to the old registrar to start the move and to your new registrar to accept it. The 60-day transfer lock period then enters into force.
It is an organisation established to protect trademark owners during the launch of new domain name extensions. TMCH offers trademark owners the opportunity to register their brand name in a central, worldwide database. You can register with TMCH for 1, 3 or 5 years. If your registered trademark is registered in the TMCH database, you can take part in the sunrises for all new extensions during this period. Any possible misuse of your brand name will also be reported: if another party registers your brand name under a new extension, the actual trademark owner receives a notification from TMCH. If, as a trademark owner, you wish to register one or more brand names under different new domain extensions, you are recommended to contact TMCH. Find out more!
This non-profit organisation is the international authority in domain name management.
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Belgium believes these new extensions contribute to realising our mission, which is to stimulate companies and individuals to be present online. And thus to stimulate the online market.
For .vlaanderen the objective is to enable citizens and companies to link online to Flanders’ values, to the local market as to outlet, production or origin. Thus to build a strong brand both nationally and internationally.
The Brussels government wants to emphasize Brussel’s international character online and thus attract more tourism, sports events, business events, cultural happenings and festivities in Brussels.
stands for Domain Name System. DNS is the system that converts domain names into IP addresses. Whenever 'thisisme2.be' is entered, your computer establishes a link with a DNS , which contains the IP address for every domain name. Using this information, the computer then connects to that IP address.
A sub-domain name is a name that you attach to your domain name, such as 'hobby.thisisme2.be'. In this case, the domain name is 'thisisme2' and the sub-domain name is 'hobby'. In theory, you can create as many sub-domain names as you like.
You can divide up your domain name into different levels. Hence you can have 'top level', 'second level', 'third level', etc. The different levels are indicated by a full-stop or dot in the domain name. You can identify the level by reading the various parts of the domain name from right to left.In the example of 'manual.thisisme2.be', '.be' is the top level, 'thisisme2' is the second level and 'manual' is the third level.
The final part of www.thisisme2.be is '.be'. This is a
The list of TLDs is managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The TLDs are managed separately by the TLD operators, which are also known as registries. They work like a telephone exchange by switching incoming calls for a domain name through to the correct servers. Belgium is the for '.be' domain names.
These are the fees for the different transactions charged to the registrars in case of a .be domain name:
the registration of a new name
the yearly rental fee for continued use of a domain name
the transfer to another registrar
the transfer to another registrant
These are the fees for the different transactions charged to the registrars in case of a .brussels or .vlaanderen domain name:
the registration of a new name
the yearly rental fee for continued use of a domain name
the transfer to another registrar
To see if the name you would like to register is still free, you can use theSearch feature on our website.
You can get an internet connection via a so called ISP (Internet Service Provider). Depending on whether you need a fixed IP address (typically for usage over leased lines and such), you will have to stop by a Local Internet(LIR) (most ISP's will take care of this for you).
Belgium does not impose fixed prices for its registrars. Each is free to determine its own price policy taking into account its costs and the services offered. DNS Belgium has a completely automated registration system which enables the registrar to register your domain name. This system makes it possible for us to force down prices. The registrar, on the other hand, has to execute several transactions and will have to check some data. This research brings about extra costs multiplying by several times the amount determined by DNS Belgium. Nevertheless we are convinced that the large number of registrars and competition between these guarantee an honest price for a domain name.
Finally note that in many cases a domain name is merely part of a range of services such as webspace, e-mail addresses etc. In such case it is unrealistic to compare with DNS Belgium prices.
for instance: http://members.freeprovider.com/~myname.to www.mydomain.be? We only register domain names, this means that we connect mydomain.be to the nameservers of your provider. All other services (like www, ftp, mail etc...) are organized by your provider. It is this name provider who can make the connection to your (free) website. Although this is technically possible, both providers should allow this operation, if one doesn't agree it can't work. For more details contact your provider(s).
No, this is against the Belgian privacy legislation and such a list can be abused for spamming. Ourservice can be used to find some information, this can be done using our whois whois. .be or using our website: Whois Search in the top banner. Subsequently interrogating our whois server will be seen as abuse, this can result in the blocking of your IP address for a certain time.
This has nothing to do with us, we only make connections to nameservers, not to webservers. The only thing we need to know is the nameservers on which your domain name will be hosted. It is the responsibility of yourto fill in these nameservers in the application templates.
It is possible to register a domain name without nameservers. However, you should be aware that your domain name will not function.
We do not host websites, this is done by providers. We only connect domain names (domainname.be , and not www.domainname.be) to the nameservers of your provider. It is this nameprovider who makes a connection to your website.
If you are a company and you are prepared to accept the conditions, you can become a Become a registrar".. You can find more information under "
No, .com domains are managed by Internic. Please take a look at their website (www.internic.net) or contact your provider. For domain names with other extensions please take a look at domain name services.
Belgium will implement the ruling of the third-party arbitrator 15 days after has handed down this ruling, unless the initiates an appeal procedure for the dispute resolution process during this period. In this case, DNS Belgium will take no further action (and will keep the domain name “on hold” in the meantime) until the appeal procedure has been completed or halted.
If no appeal procedure is initiated, DNS Belgium will transfer the domain name to a temporary account belonging to DNS Belgium. It will also replace the details of the registrant by the details of the complainant and send the to the e-mail address given by the complainant to Cepina. The complainant then just needs to give this transfer code to its to move the domain name to the registrar in question.
Yes, you can. More details about the transfer procedure can be found on our website.
A transfer implies that your registration period starts again and that your will have to pay the fee for a new registration to Belgium.
When there is an incorrect e-mail address, the see.contacts its current with the request to change the e-mail address. The registrar is then obliged to change the address. It is also technically possible to carry out this change with a domain name that is in quarantine. Also
The e-mail address given in the contact information of amust be the address of the registrant itself or its authorised representative and not the address of the or the reseller, except if the registrant expressly requests.
If the firstname.lastname@example.org. The legal department will investigate the complaint and contact the registrar. If the registrar is unable to give a valid reason and refuses to carry out the update, DNS Belgium will do it in the registrar’s place and invoice any costs involved to the registrar.refuses to change the e-mail address at the request of the itself, you can lodge a complaint (attaching the e-mails sent) with the legal department of Belgium via
This usually happens if you also enter "www." or ".be" before or after the domain name.
Death: the beneficiary; we will request a death certificate + authorisation from a beneficiary
Bankruptcy: the receiver; we request a document from the receiver to confirm the bankruptcy. If that is the case, you can enter the receiver’s e-mail address so that he receives the and can give it to the new .
Acquisition: the party making the acquisition; we will ask for an official document (such as a copy of the Belgian Official Gazette) in which the acquisition is confirmed.
Liquidation: the liquidator; we will ask for proof that this person is indeed the liquidator.
A domain name may only be locked by registrars at the express request of the registrant of the domain name. The .be domain name must be unlocked on the simple request of the registrant. If not, no transfer request can be initiated by any other registrar.
There are 2 interfaces for theto work with: Web or .
Both interfaces are explained extensively in the Registration Guidelines.
For EPP some client examples are available on the registrar website. Be advised that this software comes with absolutely no warranty or support, it is simply a way for new registrars to get started
You will always receive the new handle in our returnmessage to your template.
You can also look up handles with on theweb interface or with .
Please be advised that contacts are always linked to exactly one registrar. If another registrar would use this handle, he would get an error. Otherwise, there would be trouble: one registrar updating information suddenly also updates information from another registrar. Becauseimplies that the registrar is ultimately responsible for the data, the registrar has to have complete control over it.
We also advise to always use the same handle for different registrations of the same client. This makes it easier to keep client data up to date.
If you are a Registration Guidelines.
Otherwise, we recommend DAS instead. DAS stands for Domain Availibility Service and has fewer limitations. The output is limited. DAS is available on das. .be via TCP port 4343.
DAS only returns the status of the domain name and has a simple protocol: you only need to enter the domain name, including ".be".
The result will come back in strict format as well :
% .be Domain Availability 3.0
where xyz can be AVAILABLE, NOT AVAILABLE, NOT ALLOWED .
In case an error occurs, the result is :
% .be Domain Availability Server 3.0
A list of error codes and corresponding messages follows:
Upon connecting to DAS, it will wait for a query command (without sending a header, prompt, ...).
Upon completion of the query, DAS will close the connection.
Available Whois services
You can find the data of a domain name in the Whois. There are two ways to check Whois:
Purpose of the whois on our website
The Whois service is a tool to give internet users the opportunity to:
As indicated in the legal notice that the end-user must accept on every query, it is prohibited to use this information for commercial purposes. This measure was taken on security grounds. DNS.be wishes to prevent the Whois database (or particular parts of it) being reconstructed by means of frequent Whois queries. Such reconstruction may have the consequence that particulars of registrants are suddenly offered on a commercial basis, which is, in the opinion of DNS.be, incompatible with a publicly available Whois function.
Limits on the web whois
Purpose of the direct whois
The direct whois server doesn't show ant personal data to avoid abuse. You can use it to find technical contact persons, the registrar or the nameservers connected to a domain name. Of course, you can also see the status of a domain name.
How do I interrogate the direct whois?
The Whois server can be queried at any time. This can be done on 2 ways:
Whois towards our whois.dns.be on TCP port 43 with a Whois-client. you can find innumerable Whois clients on the internet:
On a Linux/Unix-machine you have a standard Whois-client: whois -h whois.dns.be domainname.
for Windows a lot of freeware-versions can be found on the net.
telnet whois.dns.be 43
Connected to whois.dns.be.
Escape character is '^]'.
When you enter a domain name, you receive the-information on standard output. You can build a script around this.
Limits on the direct whois
You are blocked but you haven't exceeded the limits?
If you are given an IP address when you login to you provider, the blocking can occur independently of your control:
The result codes are defined in the RFC for :
There you find them all together with an extensive explanation.