DE - Germany - Top Level Domain -

General information

Country: Germany


Setup fee: 0 €
Annual fee: 14 €
Renewal fee: 14 €
Modification fee: 0 €
Trade fee: 16 €
Reactivate from quarantine fee: 39€

Specific requirements for .DE

Local presence is required by the registry and is offered by DNS-Stock if no local presence can be provided by the customer.

Supported operations for .DE


de can be registered respecting the following restrictions:

  • Owner or Admin contacts must have a valid address (no P.O. Box) located in Germany.
    If no valid local address is available you can use our proxy service. (additional fees)
  • Configured nameservers are required. At least one of the namservers needs to be located in a different class C network. If you are not sure your nameservers meet the requirements  a free web based ZoneCheck is available at the registry.


Updating your .de domain is possible without problems. n.b. changing the domain owner of a .de requires a trade.


A signed document is required  (signed by the current and the new domain owner). 


DE Transfers are possible. Upon successfully transferring a .DE domain, it is automatically renewed for one year. Please note that when a .DE Domain is transferred successfully, then the registration period starts from the beginning.

Transfer procedure

There are two ways to transfer a .DE domain:

1. You can transfer the domain with a signed request (KK-form) from the owner of the domain.

  • A .DE Domain Transfer can stay active up to one month.
  • Then a new KK-Antrag has to be started / initiated. In case of doubt, then this must always be clarified by the customer.
  • A .DE domain transfer has to be approved by the current registrar.

Transfer can take 5-10 workdays to complete as the transfer has to be approved by the current registrar.

2. Since December 2008 DENIC and its members make available a new provider change procedure. The central feature of this new procedure is the transmission of a password, which is called AuthInfo.

  • Request the authinfo from your current registrar. Be careful as authcodes do only have a limited lifespan (max 30 days)
  • start the transfer using the provided authcode.

Domain transfers using an authcode complete in realtime.

Please check the following points to ensure a smooth transfer of your domains:

  • If possible, please inform your old provider prior to initiating the transfer, so that the transfer is not rejected.
  • Double-check if the respective domain has already been paid for and that there are not any open issues with the old registrar
  • Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (LOCK or HOLD). If your domain is locked, then the customer can demand that it be unlocked.
  • The transfer is always initiated with the new provider / registrar.
  • Start the transfer in time and not just shortly before the expiration date of your domain, because otherwise the transfer could fail.
  • Late-ACKs are no longer available for .de domains.