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|Registration Period:||1-10 years|
|Autorenew Grace Period:||0 days|
|Deletion Timeframe:||1 day prior to expiration date|
|Registration System:||Non-realtime, up to 2 working days|
.FR is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of France.
.FR name space will be open to all individuals and entities domiciled in the European Union (please see chapter Restrictions) on December 6, 2011. Furthermore, the registration of .WF, .TF, .RE, .PM and .YT domains will be made available for all businesses / organizations in the European Union.
The following may apply to register a domain name in each of the top-level domains:
- Individuals resident in the territory of the European Union
- Entities having their registered or main office on the territory of a Member of the European Union
- Minimum: 3
- Maximum: 63
- Letters and numbers
- Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
- The following characters are available for IDN domains:
ß, à, á, â, ã, ä, å, æ, ç, è, é, ê, ë, ì,í, î, ï, ñ, ò, ó, ô, õ, ö, ù, ú, û, ü, ý, ÿ, oe
.FR domains can be registered online through the Webinterface or with the corresponding API command.
(required) command = adddomain domain = mydomain.fr period = 1 ownercontact0 = [owner-contact] admincontact0 = [admin-contact] techcontact0 = [tech-contact] billingcontact0 = [billing-contact] nameserver0 = [nameserver 1] nameserver1 = [nameserver 2]
For registrants outside of European Union - Trustee Service -
For registrants outside of European Union (please see chapter #Restrictions) we offer a trustee service.
Please use below parameter together with the AddDomain command to activate the trustee solution.
- X-FR-ACCEPT-TRUSTEE-TAC = 1*
* Please note:
For registrations using the trustee service a special trustee agreement applies.
The trustee agreement can be found in the new web interface, section "Downloads" category "Agreements".
(required) command = adddomain domain = mydomain.fr period = 1 ownercontact0 = [owner-contact] admincontact0 = [admin-contact] techcontact0 = [tech-contact] billingcontact0 = [billing-contact] nameserver0 = [nameserver 1] nameserver1 = [nameserver 2] X-FR-ACCEPT-TRUSTEE-TAC = 1
If the registrant is a natural person, the below parameters are optional.
- X-FR-BIRTHDATE = [YYYY-MM-DD]
- The registrant's birthdate in the form YYYY-MM-DD.
- X-FR-BIRTHPLACE = [country code]
- The registrant's birthplace in form of a two-letter country-code. (e.g. DE)
- additionally for natural persons born in France (or one of the following countries RE|MQ|GP|GF|TF|NC|PF|WF|PM|YT)
- X-FR-BIRTHCITY = [city name]
- The registrant's place of birth (city name)
- X-FR-BIRTHPC = [postcode]
- The registrants postcode of the place of birth (or at least the department code)
- optional parameter for whois opt out
- X-FR-RESTRICT-PUB = [0 | 1]
- show private data in whois (0=show, 1=do not show)
If the registrant is an organisation or a company, there are several optional ways to provide necessary data for the verification of the domain holder:
For an Association, the following parameters may be used
- X-FR-WALDEC = [Waldec ID]
- indicates the identifier Waldec linked to an association. If this identifier is provided, this is sufficient to identify an association. Only digits allowed
- X-FR-DATE-PUBLICATION-JO = [Date of publication JO]
- will contain the date of publication in the official gazette (DATE FORMAT YYYY-MM-DD)
- X-FR-ANNOUNCE = e.g. 5
- the "announce" attribute shows the number of the announcement. Only digits allowed
- X-FR-NUMERO-DE-PAGE-ANNOUNCE-JO = [Number of page announce JO]
- the "page" attribute shows the page number of this announcement). Only digits allowed
- X-FR-DATE-ASSOCIATION = [Shows date of association]
- shows the date of association. (DATE FORMAT YYYY-MM-DD)
For companies with a valid trademark number
- X-FR-TRADEMARK = [trademark number]
For companies with valid SIREN/SIRET number
- X-FR-SIREN-OR-SIRET = [SIREN/SIRET number]
- Please note: The company name provided in the registrant contact details must be exactly the same as shown in SIREN/SIRET database.
For companies with valid VATID
- X-FR-VATID - [company VAT ID]
For companies with a valid DUNS number
- X-FR-DUNS - [company DUNS] (Short for Data Universal Numbering System; refers to a new identifier that can be sent for an Eligibility Verification at European level.)
For companies with a valid local identifier
- X-FR-LOCAL - [company Local] (A local identifier specific to a country of the European Economic Area. ) e.g. business certificate number
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As of December 12, 2016, the registrant change procedure for .fr domain names will be carried out in the following way:
- The holder change operation will be carried out via an Update Domain transaction;
- the Registrant will be responsible for obtaining the agreement of the outgoing and incoming registrants to carry out the transaction;
- the transaction will not be charged;
- the transaction will not change the domain name's expiry date.
After the release of the new registrant change procedure on December 12, the trade command will be disabled, so sending a Trade command (request/cancel) will receive an error. Along with the successful update of the registrant the domain authcode will be updated as well and needs to be provided to the new registrant. The new authcode can be retrieved by standard StatusDomain command.
Example - without Trustee:
(required) command = ModifyDomain domain = yourdomain.fr ownercontact0 = P-XXXXX auth =
Further settings are possible depending on the owner type.
Example - with Trustee:
(required) command = ModifyDomain domain = yourdomain.fr X-FR-ACCEPT-TRUSTEE-TAC = 1 ownercontact0 = P-XXXXX auth =
Obligations regarding updates of registered name holders:
For any update of the registered name holder of a .fr domain name, the Registry Service Provider (RSP) must obtain and keep documentary evidence of the agreement of the previous registered name holder and the new registered name holder (if applicable). Such evidence can be obtained through approval emails, trigger codes sent by SMS, log entries of approvals given in registered name holders customer account with RSP or similar processes. Upon reasonable request of Key-Systems, the RSP must provide such documentary evidence to Key-Systems within 3 working days. Failure to provide documentary evidence to Key-Systems upon request shall result in a penalty fee to be applied to RSPs account (please check the updated appendix for details).
RSP is also responsible for informing the old and new registered name holder once the update is complete.
Please note that all changes apply to the other Afnic ccTLDs .re, .yt, .wf, .tf, and .pm as well.
As .FR domains can only be registered on a yearly basis, they cannot be renewed explicitly. To renew an .FR domain, you have to set the domain renewal mode or default renewal mode to "AUTORENEW" or "RENEWONCE".
.FR domains can be deleted online through the web interface or with the corresponding API command.
(required) command = DeleteDomain domain = domain.fr
- The tech-contact must not be identical with the Owner Contact.
- COM.FR, ASSO.FR and TM.FR 3rd level domains are not available for registration anymore since December 6th 2012. It is also not possible to change the registrant for a .COM.FR, ASSO.FR and TM.FR domain names.
- Both owner and admin contact require a local address within the European Union (please see below list). If one of the contacts has no local address in European Union, you may use our trustee service for both contacts; the trustee service cannot be used only for one of the two contacts.
- Name servers for a .FR domains have to be correctly configured prior to the actual registration.
- .FR does not use name server objects; instead, only glue records are supported, wherefore a ModifyDomain has to be issued and a ModifyNameserver is not sufficient
Registrants from the following European countries are allowed to register domain names under .FR and the other AFNIC TLDs mentioned above:
- AT - Austria
- BE - Belgium
- BG - Bulgaria
- CY - Cypress
- CZ - Czech Republic
- DE - Germany
- DK - Denmark
- EE - Estonia
- ES - Spain
- FI - Finland
- AX - Aland Islands
- FR - France
- GP - Guadeloupe
- GF - French Guiana
- MQ - Martinique
- RE - Reunion
- TF - French Southern Territories
- YT - Mayotte
- PF - French Polynesia
- NC - New Caledonia
- PM - Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- WF - Wallis and Futuna
- GB - United Kingdom
- GI - Gibraltar
- GR - Greece
- HU - Hungary
- IS - Iceland
- IE - Ireland
- IT - Italy
- LI - Liechtenstein
- LT - Lithuania
- LU - Luxembourg
- LV - Latvia
- MT - Malta
- NL - Netherlands
- NO - Norway
- PL - Poland
- PT - Portugal
- RO - Romania
- SE - Sweden
- SI - Slovenia
- SK - Slovakia
- CH - Switzerland
Restrictions on individuals and corporate entities which are eligible to register a domain name
Any individual residing and any legal entity having its headquarters or principal place of business as specified below may apply to register or renew a domain name in each of the top-level domains:
- within the territory of one of the member states of the European Union;
- within the territory of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The domain name holder and the administrative contact must be reachable. As such, both the holder and the administrative contact must provide details of a valid telephone number and e-mail address, including accurate information to establish their identities. While the domain name is active, they must ensure that such information is kept up-to-date at all times.
Reserved domain names
Reserved domain names of the registry for special use or special individuals or organizations can be found here http://www.afnic.fr/obtenir/chartes/fondamentaux
Prohibited terms and reserved terms
- Prohibited terms
The list of terms that cannot be registered because they are "prohibited terms" includes, in particular
- Abusive terms
- Racist terms
- Obscene terms
- Terms relating to crime or offenses
- Reserved terms
The list of terms that are "reserved" and can be registered only subject to special conditions, based on the identity or rights of the applicant include, in particular
- Technical Internet terms
- Names of regulated professions;
- Terms relating to government operation;
- Names of the signatory countries of the Paris Convention;
- Dedicated names or terms of international organizations;
- Names of French towns and villages in their base form: the list of reserved terms can be consulted directly on the INSEE website;
- The name of the French Republic, its national institutions and public services, either alone or associated with words referring to such institutions or services
- The name of a local authority, inter-municipal agreement with agglomeration-wide fiscal resources, either alone or associated with words or abbreviations referring to local institutions
- The name of someone in office, associated with words referring to their elective functions.
- Under Article R.20-44-43-IV, provisions 7 to 9 do not prevent the
- renewal of domain names registered before the enactment of France's
- Domain Name Allocation and Management Act 2007, amending the
- French Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Act:
- By a company whose name is identical to the registered name and which registered that name as a trademark before 1st January 2004
- By an association whose mission is to defend and promote a protected "designation of origin" for which the name has been registered.
The registration of reserved terms may be subject to specific provisions stipulated in the Procedures Manual.
- The use of certificates for domain names using trustee service will not be possible.
Please use the API command TransferDomain for transfers.
The following details are required:
- new admin-contact handle (please note: admin contact must be located in EU)
- new tech-contact handle
(required) command = TransferDomain domain = yourdomain.fr admincontact0 = P-XXXX techcontact0 = P-XXXX auth = [auth-code]
- The registrar change request is made by the new registrar. It is the auth-code given by the holder to the incoming registrar that validates this request.
- The outgoing registrar receives a registrar change notification:
- If the outgoing registrar accepts within 8 days, the registrar change is immediately validated.
- If the outgoing registrar refuses within 8 days, the total duration of the registrar change operation is extended to 22 days before validation. The outgoing registrar may still accept the transfer before the 22 days.
- If the outgoing registrar does not react within 8 days, the registrar change is immediately validated at the end of the 8 days.
- The transfer operation is billed and changes the expiration date of the domain name. The lifetime starts from beginning.
- Trade and transfer at the same time are NOT possible any longer 2015/06/30
A transfer takes 8.0 days to complete.
Restores are possible for a period of 30 days. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.
Please Note: Restores are not longer available for .com.fr due to registry policy changes.
(required) command = restoredomain domain = yourdomain.fr