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About .de Domains

The .de country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) is an extension that represents Germany.

Domain names can be up to 63 characters, with a minimum of three characters, and can contain letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9), and hyphens (except at the beginning or end of the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #.

Features Availability
Who can register? Anyone (details below)1
Registration length 1 year
Renewal length 1 year
Renewal restrictions Details below2
Nameserver requirements Details below3
Transfers to GoDaddy Supported4
Transfers away Supported (details below)5
Private registration Not supported
Protected registration Not supported
Backorders Not supported
Bulk registration Supported
Account change Supported (details below)6
Contact updates Supported (details below)7
IDNs Supported
Expiration/redemption Please contact customer support
Refund policy See below8
Registry DENIC eG


1 Registration requirements

The administrative contact for the domain name must have an address in Germany and, if not, we provide a proxy service. A PO box will not be permitted as an alternative.

2 Renewal restrictions

Your .de domain name renews before its expiration date. The renewal date depends on whether you set the domain name to auto-renew or manually renew. We attempt auto-renewal on the first day of the month prior to the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we make additional renewal attempts on the 10th and 20th of the month.

If we cannot auto-renew the domain name and you do not manually renew it by the 20th day of the month prior to the expiration date, you can attempt to recover it, and there might be a fee to do so. See Recovering expired domain names for more information.

For example: Your .de domain name expires on October 10. If your domain name does not renew automatically, you can renew it manually by September 20. For automatic renewals, we attempt to renew the domain name on September 1, September 10, and September 20.

3 Nameserver requirements

Nameserver features Details
IPv4 Supported
IPv6 Supported
DNSSEC Not Supported
Minimum # of nameservers 0
Maximum # of nameservers 13
  • You must have two authoritative nameservers. You can verify if your nameservers are authoritative by clicking here and entering the domain name and its nameservers to receive a reply. If the answer at ZoneCheck lists a non-authoritative answer at the top of the nameserver list, your nameservers are not authoritative. The nameservers in the domain name's zone file must match the nameservers you are trying to use, or your nameservers are considered non-authoritative.
  • Each nameserver must be on a separate class-C network. That is, the first three octets cannot be the same. For example, and are valid.
  • You must have a Start of Authority (SOA) refresh value between 10000 and 86400 seconds.
  • You must have a retry value between 1800 and 28800 seconds.
  • You must have a Time to Live (TTL) value between 180 and 345600.
  • You must specify a Mail Exchanger (MX) record that resolves to a valid mail server for the life of the domain name registration, not just for the registration itself.
  • Serial numbers for all nameserver zones for the domain name must match.

4 Transfers In requirements

The registration time does not carry over, a transfer will re-start registration.

5 Transfers Away requirements

Contact our support team to get an authorization code before transferring to another company.

6 Account change requirements

When you make an account change, you cannot change the organization (company name) or the registrant's first and last names.

7 Contact updates requirements

To update the following registrant contact fields for your .de domain names, contact our support department:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Organization (company name)

You can update all other domain name contact information through the Domain Manager in your account.

8 Refund policy

For details on refunds, please visit GoDaddy's Refund Policy page.

Most domains will follow the Standard Terms, but certain domains will have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. Look under BOTH of the following categories:

  • Products with Special Refund Terms (look under Domain Name Registrations/Renewals)
  • Products Not Eligible for Refunds

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