How to get a .eu name

FOR INFORMATION ONLY -at this time it is not yet possible to register a .eu name.

Who can register a .eu domain?

To register a .eu domain names you must be one of the following:

  1. undertakings having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Community;
  2. organisations established within the European Community without prejudice to the application of national law;
  3. natural persons resident within the European Community.

At the launch of .eu, there will be a sunrise period of 4 months during which only public bodies and those with recognised rights to a name (such as trademark holders) may register. You can read more about who may register during the sunrise period and the procedures to do so here.

Immediately after the sunrise period registration will open on a first come first served basis. Anyone who satisfies the geographical criteria set out above and is in compliance with the terms and conditions of registration may register a .eu name that is still available.

Should you wish to register a domain name with a suffix other than .eu, please refer to the list of authorities responsible for other top-level domains.

Term of Registration

A .eu domain name is registered for a period of one year. Unless EURid is advised otherwise by your registrar in advance, the domain name will be renewed on the anniversary date and the registration fee deducted from their account.

Applying for a domain name: step by step

  1. Choose a name

A domain name must be unique. To check whether a given name is still available use the WHOIS search function, which you will find at the top of every page of our website, or here. Domain names must meet with a number of technical requirements:

  • minimum 2 characters among the letters "a to z", the numbers "0 to 9" and the hyphen "-";
  • maximum de 63 characters;
  • o must not begin or end with a hyphen;
  • do must not contain a hyphen "-" on the 3rd and 4th position.
  • EURid is committed to introducing iDN in the future, allowing registration of names containing other characters found in the official languages of the EU (O,F,,, etc ).

    In accordance with EU Regulation 733/2002 and EC Regulation 874/2004, some names are blocked from ever being registered and some are reserved for use by the institutions of the EU or the governments of member states, EEA countries and candidate countries.

    As soon as the European Commission announces the list, we will publish it on our web site.

    1. Choose an accredited .eu registrar

    Having chosen a domain name you must then contact an accredited .eu registrar (agent). EURid is not permitted to accept direct registrations. You will find a list of accredited .eu registrars and the languages in which they offer services and provide their terms and conditions on this web site.

    1. Read the terms and conditions of registration

    When registering a .eu domain name you lend your explicit agreement to the general terms and conditions for end users. This includes being bound to submit to Alternative Dispute Resolution if another party with a recognised right to the domain name claims that your registration was made on a speculative or abusive basis. Full details will be published soon. The registrar you have chosen will give these conditions to you at the time of registration, either for formal signature, or for explicit acceptance during (online) registration. Failure to comply with those terms and conditions could result in loss of the domain name. If your registrar did not present you with these conditions, you will be able to access them at this site.

    Sie erhalten diese Geschäftsbedingungen zum Zeitpunkt der Registrierung von der von Ihnen gewählten Registrierstelle entweder zur formellen Unterzeichnung oder zur expliziten Annahme während der (Online-)Registrierung. Ein Nicht-Einhalten dieser Geschäftsbedingungen kann den Verlust des Domänennamens nach sich ziehen. Falls Sie diese Geschäftsbedingungen nicht von Ihrer Registrierstelle erhalten haben, können Sie diese auf dieser Website aufrufen.

    1. Provide the registrar with the necessary details

    You will need to provide the registrar with the following details: Trading name (where appropriate) + contact person: name + phone no. + address + valid e-mail address!!! A valid e-mail address is of the utmost importance, because it is our only direct means of communication with you: it will be used as a means of contact, for example, if you wish to change registrars. EURid may withdraw a domain name if it has no active e-mail address.

    1. Complete the form

    The registrar will fill in an electronic form (or you can fill it in yourself if your register provides the form online). Be sure to check that the details are correct!! It is important that the details you give are actually your own, and not those of the registrar or an intermediary (e.g. web designer). It will prove difficult to update the information if you discover an error later. The domain name holder can only be modified by using the TRADE-DOMAIN transaction which requires a fee (equivalent to a new registration) and the explicit consent of both parties.

    1. Register the domain name

    Registration is completely automatic, by an online transaction. Your registrar will forward the form to us. The domain name will be automatically registered for a period of one year. The registrar will be sent confirmation of this. Once the domain name has been registered, the corresponding fee will be automatically debited from your registrar's account. It is not possible to correct a misspelled domain name; the registrar will have no other option but to register the correct name and pay a second fee.

    1. 7. Updating the name server

    Only when the EURid name server has been updated will your domain name become active. This occurs five times a day. Of course this is only possible of your registrar had also made the necessary changes.

    1. WHOIS

    When registered, your domain name will be immediately stored in the WHOIS database. Some of your details will become available in the public WHOIS look-up facility to enable interested parties to know who lies behind a given domain name or its associated website. Obviously, the WHOIS database will be subject to restrictions, as a means of preventing misuse and in order to comply with data protection requirements. Anyone who accesses information via the WHOIS will be subject to a disclaimer, which essentially stipulates that the information cannot be used for commercial purposes.