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Country: Netherlands
Continent: Europe
Capital: Amsterdam
Location: 52°19'N 5°32'E
Area: 41526
Population: 16847007
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1) / Summer CEST (UTC+2)
Calling Code: 31

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IDN capable: Yes
Handle Updates: Yes
Registration Period: 1 month, 3 months, 1 year
Autorenew Grace Period: 0 days
Deletion Timeframe: 1 days prior to expiration date
Registration System: Realtime
WHOIS-Update: Real-Time
WHOIS-Privacy: No
Registry: Registry
Dispute Policy: Policy


Zone Info

.NL is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of the Netherlands.

Zone Use

A .NL Domain is normally used by companies or private entities who have business relations in the Netherlands.


  • Minimum: 3
  • Maximum: 63
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD and only between two letters and / or digits

Domain Registration

The domain can be registered via webinterface or API.

command         = AddDomain
domain          =
period          = 1m | 3m | 1y (optional)
ownercontact0   = [owner handle]
admincontact0   = [admin contact]
techcontact0    = [tech contact]
billingcontact0 = [billing contact]
nameserver0     = [nameserver1]
nameserver1     = [nameserver2]

Please Note:

There are two parameters which are more or less mandatory for the registration of a .NL domain:

  • X-NL-LEGALFORM - This parameter states the legal form of the organization/company or natural person.
    • Allowed values are:
      • ANDERS - Other
      • BGG - Non-Dutch EC company
      • BRO - Non-Dutch legal form/enterprise/subsidiary
      • BV - Limited company
      • BVI/O - Limited company in formation
      • COOP - Cooperative
      • CV - Limited Partnership
      • EENMANSZAAK - Sole trader
      • EESV - European Economic Interest Group
      • KERK - Religious society
      • MAATSCHAP - Partnership
      • NV - Public Company
      • OWM - Mutual benefit company
      • PERSOON - Natural person
      • REDR - Shipping company
      • STICHTING - Foundation
      • VERENIGING - Association
      • VOF - Trading partnership
  • X-NL-LEGALFORMREGNO - Registration number of company.

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Domain Modification


Registrant changes for .NL domains can be done online via API or webinterface. The registration period for the domain remains unchanged.

command       = ModifyDomain
domain        =
ownercontact0 = [new owner handle]

Domain Renewal

.NL domains cannot be renewed explicitly. To renew an .NL domain you have to set the domain renewal mode or default renewal mode to "AUTORENEW" or "RENEWONCE". Additionally, in case of .NL, you have the possibility to set the renewal mode to "AUTORENEWMONTHLY":

command     = SetDomainRenewalMode
domain      =

Deletion Process

.NL Domains can be deleted online through the DeleteDomain command.

command = DeleteDomain
domain  =


  • Registrant has to be in the Netherlands, but registry automatically uses itself as trustee, which is hidden from the registrant and registrar.
  • Max. nameservers 13


.NL transfers are possible. The registration period starts from beginning.

Transfer procedure

  • .NL Transfers can either be done through the RRPproxy WebInterface or API.
command = TransferDomain
domain  =
action  = request
auth    = ........
period  = 1m | 3m | 1y (optional)
  • Ensure that you have the registrant's permission.
  • Apply for the transfer. When doing so, use the token (AuthCode) that you have received from the registrant.

Transfer notes

  • A .NL Domain Transfer must be initiated with a so-called Token (Authorisation Code), which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner of the domain.

Transfer time

A transfer is done immediately.


Restores are generally possible. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.

command = restoredomain
domain  =
Attention.png IMPORTANT: Please note that restoring a NL domain name from quarantine is not free of charge and will involve considerable costs. Please contact

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