.DE Domain Name Rules and Requirements

Common Domain Name Rules

PD Hosting provides 2nd Level Domain Registration services under .DE.

PD Hosting supports Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) .DE Registration, Renewal and Transfer.

The list of allowed IDN characters are: (áàăâåäãąāæćĉčċçďđéèĕêěëėęēğĝġģĥħíìĭîïĩįīıĵķĺľļłńňñņŋóòŏôöőõøōoeĸŕřŗśŝšşťţŧúùŭûůüűũųūŵýŷÿźžżðþ).

As Registration, Renewal and Transfer includes a 1 year Renewal term it needs to be paid for, prior to completion.

A .DE domain name will Expire on the 5th last day of the Expiry month, upon Registration, Renewal or Transfer.

.DE domain names should be Renewed prior to their Expiry date. Upon Expiry of a .DE domain name:
– You will no longer be able to manage your .DE domain name with PD Hosting.
– Your .DE domain name will be transferred directly under the .DE Registry (DENIC). This process is called Domain Transit.
– Once your domain name has Transited to DENIC, the Registrant contact will receive instructions via postal mail from DENIC, for managing your .DE domain name with them.

Domain Theft Protection feature is not available for .DE domain names.

DE Domain Name Registration

A .DE domain name can be Registered for only 1 year.

A .DE domain name does not have any Money Back Grace Period.

DE Domain Name Renewal

A .DE domain name can be Renewed for only 1 year.

After a .DE domain name is registered, it may be Renewed for 1 year, only after the Expiration date has passed in the year when it was registered. The total term of a .DE domain name can not exceed 2 years.

DE Domain Name Transfer

Transferring a .DE domain name to PD Hosting includes a 1 year Renewal.

To Transfer your .DE domain name to PD Hosting, you need to only provide your Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code. Once we get confirmation from the Registry that the Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code is accurate, the domain name is instantly transferred without the need of receiving additional confirmation from the Registrant / Administrative Contact, via post, email or FAX.

The length of the Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code of a .DE domain name can be from 8 to 16 characters.

Any of the following permitted characters can be used:
A, B, C, D, E‚ F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
+, -, /, *

A .DE domain name’s Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code can not contain the following characters:
– I (uppercase i)
– l (lowercase l)
– O (uppercase o)
– o (lowercase o)
– 0 (zero)
– 1

The Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code for a .DE domain name expires in 30 days after setting it. Thus, this interface will prompt you to set a new Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code, unless you have generated it.

Once a .DE domain name gets transferred to PD Hosting from another Registrar, the .DE Registry removes/deletes the previous Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code.

The Bulk Transfer feature is not available for .DE domain names.

If you Transfer Away your .DE domain name to another Registrar, you will lose the benefit of the remaining term of your .DE domain name.

Contact Details related Rules

.DE domain names use an independent Contact database in the system. Contacts for .DE domain names are listed under .DE Contact.

The following list displays the various types of .DE Contacts listed in our system and how they are displayed in the Whois of .DE domain names:

.DE Contact Type displayed in the System

.DE Contact Type displayed in the Whois

Registrant

Domain Holder

Admin

Administrative or admin-c

Technical

Technical or tech-c

Billing

Zone administrator or zone-c

The Registrant or the Administrative Contact of a .DE domain name needs to be from Germany. This implies that the country of either of these Contacts needs to be Germany.

Accented character usage is supported in the following fields in .DE Contacts:
– Name
– Company Name
– Address
– City
– State

All Latin-1 UTF-8 characters are supported in the above-mentioned fields.

The Name field of any .DE Contact can not be modified. If you wish to modify the Name, create another Contact and associate it with your .DE domain name.

If you have set a Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code for your .DE domain name and then within 30 days and prior to Transferring Away your domain name, if you modify the Registrant Contact details of your .DE domain name, the Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code gets nullified and you need to reset Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code if you still intend to Transfer Away your .DE domain name to another Registrar.

While modifying the Contact Details of a .DE domain name, the .DE Registry checks if the Name Servers used by the domain name contain a Zone for this domain name and the correct NS and A Records.

.DE domain names do not support PDHosting’s Privacy Protection feature.

Name Servers and Child Name Servers related Rules

The .DE Registry (DENIC) has the following requirements for both Name Servers and Child Name Servers:

Each .DE domain name needs to have at least 2 Name Servers and can have up-to 13 Name Servers. The limitation of supporting a maximum of 13 Name Servers is common for both Child Name Servers and Name Servers.

You need to create a Zone for your .DE domain name on the Name Servers that you plan to use and add the Name Servers as NS Records, prior to performing the following actions:
– Registering a .DE domain name,
– Adding/Modifying the Name Servers or Child Name Servers of a .DE domain name,
– Modifying the Contact Details of a .DE domain name,
– Moving/Pushing your .DE domain name to another Customer Control Panel.

The IPv4 (IP) Address associated with each Name Server of a .DE domain name needs to be unique.

The IPv4 Address associated with each Name Server and Child Name Server of a .DE domain name needs to be unique.

.DE domain names do not support IPv6 Addresses.

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