TLD Specifications
Ireland flag Ireland
Registration Time
up to 1 working day
Registration period
1-10 years
Renewal period
1-10 years
Allowed character length
1 - 63 characters
Allowed characters
a-z, 0-9, -, á, é, í, ó, ú
 MUST NOT contain two consecutive hyphens in the third and fourth character positions and MUST NOT start or end with a hyphen.
TLD supports
Transfer locks possible
Renewal on transfer
Transfer time
3 days
Authcode length
6 - 16 characters
Handle updates
Preconfigured DNS
Allowed Nameservers
1 - 13
Deletion Timeframe
2 days prior to paid until date
Redemption Period
70 days

Domain Restrictions

The IEDR is considered more conservative than other similar authorities and places certain restrictions on registration. The .ie ccTLD is primarily a business orientated ccTLD for Irish businesses and businesses doing business in or with Ireland. It has allowed personal domain name (PDN) registrations though these would only account for approximately 1% of the number of .ie domain registrations. An individual is allowed to register their own name or a variant of it with a utilities bill or passport as proof of entitlement.

Registration policies have been liberalised somewhat in recent years and rules such as the one against registering generic domain names have been dropped. The .ie ccTLD is a managed ccTLD where applicants for .ie domain names have to provide proof of entitlement to the domain that they want to register. In August 2017 IEDR began a consultation on removing this restriction and allowing first-come first-served registration; the requirement of a connection to Ireland will remain. Pre-configured name servers are mandatory!
Corporate Name
An incorporated company can register a domain name to reflect their corporate name. A company can register multiple different domain names in this category. Only a company can have a corporate name and therefore only a company can register a domain name in this category.
A company applying under this category need only include their company number in the application.
If the company is incorporated outside of Ireland, specifically UK or US, the company number must be included in the application. All applicants from any other country must submit a copy of the company's certificate of incorporation.
Domain Options:

  • An applicant can add words to their registered company name to form a domain name.
  • An applicant can register domain names that have a reasonable connection with their business. In this case the IEDR deems a reasonable connection to be a product or service of the company. (Registration policy)
  • An abbreviation of the corporate name may be used instead of the full corporate name.
  • Registered Trade Mark Name
  • Any applicant with a Registered Trademark is eligible to apply under this category.
    Irish, UK, US and Community trademarks need only supply their Trademark Number in the application.
  • For any other country Trademark a copy of the Trademark Certificate must be supplied.
    Where the application is made on the basis of a pending TM application the Registry will require a copy of the TM application form and official filing receipt, along with a letter from the TM holder.
    Where the applicant is a licensed user of the trademark, the applicant must provide a signed letter on headed paper from the trademark holder authorising the applicant to register and hold the corresponding .IE domain.

Domain Options:
The proposed domain name must correspond closely with the TM, but may include plurals, descriptors, or non-descriptive elements such as numbers or letters and may also differ in respect of signs, symbols or punctuation.

Important Note:
A CTM (Community Trade Mark) provides a connection to Ireland automatically.
A WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) may include Ireland (IE) in it's trade mark listing, in which case, it will also serve as a connection to Ireland.
All other Trade Marks must also provide a connection to Ireland in order to be approved.
Registered Business Name
A Sole Trader, Company or Unincorporated Association who hold a registered business name can apply for a domain name under this category. (Note: If you trade under a name other than your own name, you must register it as a business with the CRO).
The applicant applying under this category need only include the RBN Number in the application.
The RBN cannot be confirmed online. If the applicant holds a copy of the registered business name certificate or a copy of all pages of the application form stamped by the Companies Registration Office, these documents can be faxed to the Registry.
The RBN has been recently applied for. Applications will be accepted if the applicant can provide us with a copy of their customer receipt from the Companies Registrations Office. Alternatively they can provide us with the Submission Number printed on the receipt, which also must be verifiable online to be accepted.
The IEDR is aware that applicants within Northern Ireland do not have to register business names and in such instances the Registry may accept a VAT number or a signed letter on headed paper from an bank manager, firm of chartered accountant(s), registered auditor(s), tax consultant(s), where the tax advisor identification number is displayed on the letterhead, or solicitor(s) confirming that the company is currently trading, or has serious intention and commitment to trade shortly, under the business name that is specified. The letter must state the name of the company and that they are trading, or intend to trade, under the business name in question.

Domain Options:
An applicant can add words to their registered business name to form a domain name.
An applicant can register domain names that have a reasonable connection with their business. In this case the IEDR deems a reasonable connection to be a product or service of the registered business.
An abbreviation of the registered business name may be used instead of the full business name.
In all cases, the registrant must either reside within Ireland, or demonstrate a Real and Substantive Connection with Ireland (with the exception of those applying with a registered Community Trademark).

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