How to become a registrar

DNS Belgium is not a registrar. We work with a network of registrars who use the registration system to register domain names for .be, .vlaanderen and .brussels for their customers.  

We offer registrars two interfaces (EPP and web) that enable them to register their transactions and manage domain names on behalf of their customers in total security.

Becoming a registrar in 7 simple steps 

1.    Prepare yourself

For .be domain names: 

For .vlaanderen and/or .brussels domain names:

  • Only ICANN-accredited registrars are allowed to offer .vlaanderen/.brussels directly. In order to become ICANN-accredited, you need to 
    • go through a number of technical phases
    • sign a contract with ICANN 
    • pay the required fees 

More information about this can be found on the ICANN website. At the present time, 2 Belgian and around 50 foreign .be registrars are accredited by ICANN. 

  • ICANN-accredited registrars can then conclude a contract with DNS Belgium for the gTLD they wish to sell. If you are not an ICANN-accredited registrar, but you do wish to offer .vlaanderen and .brussels, you can contact one of those ICANN-accredited registrars with a contract with DNS Belgium and become a reseller.
  • All set? Then you are ready for step 2. 

2.    Sign up

Send an e-mail including your organisation’s details to support@dnsbelgium.be to enable us to generate a personalised agreement. The following data need to be included in the e-mail: 

  • Organisation’s official name
  • First name of the person representing your organisation
  • Last name of the person representing your organisation
  • Street and number
  • Postal code 
  • City
  • State/Province (not obligatory) 
  • Country
  • Phone number (e.g. +32.16284970) (to contact you if needed)
  • Mobile number (e.g. +32 497 11 11 11) (necessary to validate your account)
  • E-mail address 
  • Website
  • VAT number
  • Contract language (EN/NL/FR)
  • Prepayment amount (at least 2.500 euros)
  • Current .be account (if applicable, not obligatory)
  • Whether or not you want a standing order (only possible for .be) (yes/no)
  • Products you wish to offer (.be / .brussels / .vlaanderen)
  • In case you also wish to offer .vlaanderen and .brussels: attach your Registrar Accredition Agreement and mention your IANA ID
  • For .vlaanderen and/or .brussels resellers:
    • add a copy of the contract you’ve signed with an ICANN-accredited registrar + its IANA ID
    • go to step 6

3.    Sign your contract

We will send you a contract via e-mail (with Adobe Sign) which you can sign electronically. We recommend you to save a copy for yourself as well. 

4.    Pay your invoice 

Upon receiving the signed contract, we will send you

  • a prepayment invoice 
  • a 12-digit security code (by mail or fax) 

After payment of the prepayment you've chosen (at least € 2,500 VAT excl.) you can get started. 

5.    Activate your account

Once the payment is received, we will send you an e-mail with the activation codes and a link to the activation page. Activate your account. Keep your letter with your registrar ID and security codes at hand. Note: no need to fill in the ‘Phone key’ field the first time. 

6.    Create (.be) or fill in (.vlaanderen and/or .brussels) your registrar profile 

For .be domein names: 
Connect to the registrar site to create your registrar profile: 

  • on the tab 'Contacts', create
    • a billing contact for invoicing
    • at least one technical contact for all technical communication

Both fields need to be filled in to be able to register domain names. 

  • if you want to be visible in our list of Registrars, please fill in the product url for .be on the tab 'Profile' under 'Registrar' 

For .vlaanderen and/or .brussels resellers:

Fill in the product urls for .vlaanderen and .brussels on the tab ‘Profile’ under 'Registrar'

7.    Register your first domain name! 

Do you need more information? Check our registration guidelines

ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit organisation that is responsible worldwide for managing domain names.

IANA

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other internet protocol resources.

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... 

gTLD

Acronym for generic Top Level Domains. Designates domain extensions with a generic character. So, .com was intended for commercial use and .gov for governmental use. 

TLD

Top level Domain, refers to the highest level of domain names. In www.dnsbelgium.be is .be the TLD or domain extension. There are two types of domain extensions: country extensions and generic extensions.

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. 

EPP

Extensible Provisioning Protocol, this is a computer protocol designed for managing domain names.

Questions?

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