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API commands

Please find in the following a set of the most commonly used standard API commands in order to register, modify, renew, and transfer a domain name.

Domain Registration

(API Command reference » AddDomain)
command                     = AddDomain
domain                      = yourdomain.law
period                      = (INT)
ownercontact0               = (CONTACT)
admincontact0               = (CONTACT)
techcontact0                = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0             = (CONTACT)
nameserver0                 = (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1                 = (NAMESERVER)
X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-ID      = [see Extensions]
X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-BODY    = [see Extensions]
X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-YEAR    = [see Extensions]
X-LAW-JURISDICTION-PROVINCE = [optional, if the accreditation is not restricted regionally]

If a parameter is not specified or not filled in the correct form, the registration will fail. After a successful registration of the domain, it will be transfer locked from the registry for a period of 60 days.
The registration of a .law domain is processed in non real-time. The domain information will be verified by a third-party organization before the domain is finally activated.

Revised Verification Process: So far, applicants for a .law domain had to first apply for their desired domain and complete a verification process before the name has been assigned to them. Now the verification process will occur after registration. Under this approach the domain name is provisionally delegated to the registrant. The registrant will still be required to complete the information for verification but will no longer have to wait until verification is complete to use the domain name. Applicants that fail the verification process will have their domain withdrawn, therefore it might be useful to wait until verification is confirmed before putting a site live. Verification typically takes around 1-2 business days. Further information on the revised verification process can be found on the registry website http://nic.law/qa/.

Domain Modification

(API Command reference » ModifyDomain)
command = ModifyDomain
domain  = yourdomain.law

Domain Renewal

(API Command reference » RenewDomain)
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.law
period     = (INT)
expiration = (INT)

Domain Deletion

(API Command reference » DeleteDomain)
COMMAND = DeleteDomain
DOMAIN = yourdomain.law

Domain Transfer

(API Command reference » TransferDomain)
command = TransferDomain
domain = yourdomain.law
action = REQUEST
auth = (TEXT)

Transfer procedure

  • After the transfer has been requested, our backend system sends a confirmation email to the Owner/Admin-C according to the WHOIS of the respective domain. In order to initiate the transfer successfully it is important, that this email is confirmed.
  • After confirmation the transfer is initiated through the official registry and the losing registrar will receive the transfer request.
  • The losing registrar will also send an email to the Owner/Admin-C. allowing him/her to deny the transfer. If you do not respond to the email of the losing registrar, then the transfer will get processed successfully after 5 days.

If the Email-Address in the WHOIS is invalid, then the transfer cannot be processed.If this is the case, then kindly contact your current registrar and ask him to update the WHOIS information accordingly.

Transfer notes

  • A .law domain transfer must be initiated with a so-called authorisation code, which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner or Admin-C of the domain.
  • Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (REGISTRAR-LOCK or HOLD). This can be seen in the WHOIS.
  • If the domain is locked, then the owner can demand that the domain will be unlocked.
  • Please note that we are only allowed to initiate a gTLD transfer after confirmation of the "ICANN Form of Authorization" by the current registrant. The policies can be viewed under http://www.icann.org/transfers/
  • After a successful transfer of the domain, it will be transfer locked from the registry for a period of 60 days.

Domain Restore

(API Command reference » RestoreDomain)
command = RestoreDomain
domain  = yourdomain.law

Domain Extensions

X-ALLOCATION-TOKENProvide a token that has to be issued by the registry for the registration of a premium domain name.
X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-BODYThe accreditation body is the entity that issued the accreditation ID to the qualified lawyer. Within the Qualified Lawyer extension, a character string is used to represent an accreditation body.
X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-IDThe qualified lawyer’s accreditation ID is a character string issued by the accreditation body to the qualified lawyer. Accreditation IDs uniquely identify the qualified lawyer within the context of the accreditation body.
The name of the domain owner must be associated with the accreditation ID that is transmitted by the extension X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-ID. The use of the law firm’s accreditation ID is not possible.
X-LAW-ACCREDITATION-YEARA qualified lawyer’s accreditation year is the year he/she was initially certified by the accreditation body. It is represented by a four-digit year.
X-LAW-JURISDICTION-COUNTRYThe accreditation jurisdiction country is the country in which the accreditation body certifies the qualified lawyer. ISO two-letter country codes are used to represent the accreditation jurisdiction country.
X-LAW-JURISDICTION-PROVINCEThe accreditation jurisdiction state/province is the specific region, within the accreditation jurisdiction country, in which the accreditation body certifies the qualified lawyer. A character string represents the region. The accreditation jurisdiction is required when the accrediting body limits the qualified lawyer’s certification to this area.

Domain Restrictions

  • RNH acknowledges and agrees that Validation Agent may contact the Registrant directly for validation purposes.
  • Registration in the .law and .abogado TLDs is restricted to accredited lawyers as validated by an agent, which shall be appointed from time to time by the Registry(“Validation Agent”).
  • RNH must provide additional data as necessary to facilitate validation (“Validation Data”). Validation Data must be provided as requested from time to time by the Registry.
  • RNH certifies, prior to Registration that RNH is qualified to register the domain and that all provided information is true and accurate.
  • RNH acknowledges and agrees that providing false information may lead to the deletion of their registration on all Registry TLDs including, but not limited to, .law and .abogado.
  • Registrants acknowledge and agree, that there is a „Validation Fee“ to pay for getting Validated as legal professional.
  • Validation fees are non-refundable and are billed upon registration of the domain (included in the registration fee) and after every annual renewal (included in the renewal fee).
  • Expanded Eligibility: The registry has expanded the .law & .abogado eligibility policy and will now allow Authorized Legal Institutions (i.e., law firms, law schools, legal regulators such as bar associations, and courts of law), subject to verification, to register a .law or .abogado domain. Further information on eligibility can be found on the registry website http://nic.law/eligibilitycriteria/.

Supported IDN Scripts

The following IDN scripts are supported by .law.
Provide the LANGUAGE TAG corresponding to your desired IDN within the AddDomain command as X-IDN-LANGUAGE extension.


Get more information of "IDN tables", which represent permitted code points (letters) allowed for Internationalised Domain Name registrations in particular registries on IANA Repository of IDN Practices.

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