.DE is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of Germany (Deutschland).
A .DE Domain is normally used by companies or private entities who are located in Germany.

TLD specific

Terms and conditions


Configured nameservers are required. A web based ZoneCheck is available. If you do not have your own nameservers, you have got the possibility to use a so-called NS-Entry. Nameserver-Refresh: Please note that the DENIC ROOT Nameservers will be refreshed every uneven hour at half past.


TRANSIT is the name that DENIC gives to a procedure, which makes sure that a domain holder does not lose his/her domain if it ceases to be administered by a DENIC member. You should understand a little about the background:

Usually, the request to register a domain is submitted to DENIC by a DENIC member acting on behalf of the customer. This DENIC member then goes on to handle all communications with DENIC concerning the domain on behalf of the domain holder. We call this "administering the domain". If, for whatever reason, the DENIC member ceases to administer the domain, DENIC tries to get in touch directly with the domain holder as part of its TRANSIT procedure in order to ensure that it will be possible to have the domain administered in future by a DENIC member appointed by the domain holder. DENIC will send a letter to the domain holder and issues an individual password. The domain holder can now use this password on a personalized web page to indicate for each domain concerned:

  • which DENIC member is to administer the domain in future;
  • whether DENIC is to administer it itself through the service DENICdirect;
  • or whether the domain is to be deleted.

This procedure ensures that the rights of domain holders to their domains are safeguarded.


If you should ever receive an Email from our system telling you that the the respective domain name is in a DISPUTE you should contact the DENIC-Legal Department for further information. They will provide you with the information you need for removing the so-called DISPUTE-ENTRY. But please note that DENIC will only communicate with the ADMIN or with the Domain OWNER who is listed in the public whois-database.

More Information: Even if DENIC does not become involved in pending disputes about domains, it can do something for you by placing a DISPUTE entry on the disputed domain. The main effect of this instrument is that the domain holder loses the right to transfer the domain to someone else, which prevents them from trying to shirk away from sorting the matter out with you. The only feasible transfer of the domain is to you and that, of course, remains possible. The DISPUTE entry made on the domain in your favour also guarantees that you will instantly become its holder if the existing holder deletes it. That is particularly advantageous for you, since the highest German court has ruled that an adversary may file for a court to order a domain holder to delete a domain but it cannot file for an order to transfer it. If there is a DISPUTE entry on the domain in your name, then it is enough for you to file for deletion and, thanks to the DISPUTE-entry mechanism, you are sure that you will then become the domain holder yourself. For this purpose, it is essential that the form applying for a DISPUTE entry also specifies the person who will become your administrative contact should such a case arise. This will accelerate the clearing procedure later on.






Dispute Policy



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Min. Characters


Max. Characters


Character Set
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
  • IDN: allowed
  • Registrant Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 5
  • Admin Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 1
  • Tech Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 3
  • Billing Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 3
  • The registrant or the administrative contact must be located in Germany (DE).
IDN capable


Restore capable


Handle Updates

Supported (partially)

Registration System


Allowed number of NS

0 to 13

Registry Nameservercheck


Host IP-Addresses Type

IPv4 / IPv6

Hosts managed as


Root Nameserver Update

2 hours

SEC DNS Interface

KEY data interface



Transfer Periods

reset, 1 year / 1 month added

Transfer Authcode required


Transfer Real-Time


Transfer Lock


Transfer Confirmation (Request / Approve)

- / -

Owner Change by




Registration Periods

1 year / 1 month

Add Grace Period

0 days

Accounting Period

-1 week

Finalization Period

0 days

Failure Period

1 day

Payment Period

-61 days

Deletion Restorable Period

30 days

Deletion Hold Period

0 days

Explicit Renewals


Renewal Periods

1 year / 1 month

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