TLD Specifications

Registration Time
Registration period
1-10 years
Renewal period
1-10 years
Allowed character length
1 - 63 characters
TLD supports
Transfer locks possible
Renewal on transfer
Transfer time
5 days
Authcode length
8 - 32 characters
Handle updates
Preconfigured DNS
Allowed Nameservers
1 - 13
Autorenew Grace Period
35 days
Deletion Timeframe
35 days after expiration date
Redemption Period
30 days
WHOIS Server

Domain Restrictions

  • Registrant organization must be in banking sector
  • Domainname must be in touch with organization
    • Qualified Registrants Registrant Eligibility Policy
    • The following for-profit and not-for-profit businesses or organizations are initially eligible to register domain names in .bank:
      • 3.1 State, regional and provincial banks that are chartered and supervised by a government regulatory authority;
      • 3.2 Savings associations that are charted and supervised by a government regulatory authority;
      • 3.3 National banks that are chartered and supervised by a government regulatory authority;
      • 3.4 Associations whose members are primarily comprised of entities identified above in 3.1, 3.2 or 3.3;
      • 3.5 Groups of associations whose members are primarily comprised of associations identified above in 3.4;
      • 3.6 Service providers that are principally owned by or predominantly supporting regulated entities identified above in 3.1, 3.2 or 3.3. (if approved by the Registry Operator Board); and
      • 3.7 Government regulators of chartered and supervised banks or savings associations or organizations whose members are primarily comprised of such government regulators (if approved by the Registry Operator Board).
  • Bank holding companies are not eligible as they do not fit the definition of a bank nor do they provide banking services. If the bank holding company believes they need to be listed in the registration, they can for example be listed as the admin contact. Please do not submit any requests in this format as they will be rejected.
  • DomainPinLock is required as multi factor authentication and will be set on AddDomain. It is NOT possible to deactivate DomainPinlock. Instead of SMS, E-Mail authentication will be used, the token will be sent to the registrant's email address. Changes to the domain can only be performed, when a valid token is provided!
  • .bank domains must use .bank nameservers (e.g.
  • DNSSEC required
  • Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) required
  • encryption required for web access, mail exchange and file transfer
  • full list of .bank security requirements
  • possibility to add domains without nameservers

Please carefully review the .bank Registrant Eligibility Policy and Security Requirements before submitting requests to avoid inconveniences for all involved in the registration process and most importantly your customer. If the eligible banking entity provides these types of services itself along with its banking services then the registration is permissible. If however these services are provided by separate legal entities that are not eligible for domains in .bank (e.g. mortgage broker, equipment leasing company, investment firm), then the registration is not permissible.

.bank reserved names can be checked on the registry website.

  • As noted in the Name Selection and Name Allocation Policies (see, fTLD reserves the right to both amend the Reserved Names List and to allocate these names in the future under one or more of the identified allocation mechanisms.
    Names that appear on the Reserved Names List (i.e., Common Community Names and Generic Names) are not available for registration. Pursuant to the Reserved Names Challenge Policy you may submit a formal complaint to fTLD to request the removal of a name from reservation; such requests or challenges should be submitted using the fTLD-Reserved-Names-Challenge-Policy-BANK form and sent to
    In the Reserved Names Challenge Policy, please review section 4.0, Evidence in Relation to an Allocation Request or Proposal Challenge, to learn about the documentary evidence that is required of a third-party (“Requestor”) seeking to challenge the reservation of a certain name. To verify a Requestor’s rights or legitimate interests to a reserved name, fTLD requires documentation to show the domain name(s) corresponds to their trademark, trade name or service mark as described in the Name Selection Policy. The documentation to verify a Requestor’s rights to a mark is described in the fTLD-Reserved-Names-Challenge-Policy-BANK form.
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