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You can order domains easily by using the comfortable webinterface of the Domain Registration System of Knipp.
The only prerequisite is that you must be a registered customer of Knipp. Registering is easy and can be done in just a few steps.
Another possiblity is to order domains via e-mail application form The e-mail registration has the advantage that it can be done automatically. Many customers use robots on their web site that send e-mail application forms to us. However, using these forms is suited for experts only, since they contain quite a few technical terms, which are unfortunately necessary. We have prepared a page with explanations which will help you to complete the form.

Naming conventions

The basic principles of the naming conventions for .eu domains do not differ from the rules as they are commonly used for other top level domains. We have listed them for you below.
  • Domain names may only consist of the Latin letters »a« to »z«, the digits »0« to »9«, and the hyphen. As of December 10th, 2009, the special characters of all 23 offical languages of the EU are also allowed. You can find a detailed list of the allowed special characters on a dedicated .eu IDN page.
  • Domain names must consist of at least two characters. The maximum length is 63 characters.
  • Domain names may not start with a hyphen and may not end with a hyphen.
  • The third and fourth character may not contain a hyphen.
  • The domain names may not exclusively consist of one of the alpha-2 country codes (e.g. »DE« for Germany).
  • You are not allowed to mix scripts, or character sets (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic), in a single internationalized domain name.
Moreover, each member state was authorized to hand in a list of terms used for geographical or geopolitical concerns. In the following, you find the resulting lists.
In addition, the folowing names are reserved for the use of the .eu registry: eurid.eu, registry.eu, nic.eu, dns.eu, internic.eu, whois.eu, das.eu, coc.eu, eurethix.eu, eurethics.eu, euthics.eu.

Domain password (authinfo)

A domain password, also known as authinfo, is required for changing the registrar of a domain. It thus protects you against unauthorized persons initiating such an operation for your domain.
For .eu domains, setting the authinfo is different from most other registries. You cannot use an authinfo of your choice, but have to request an authinfo before starting a change of the registrar (transfer). The registry will generate an authinfo, which is made known to you by your (current) registrar. This authinfo is then used to initiate the transfer process with your new registrar. Please note that a generated authinfo is only valid for 40 days.
Should you want to transfer your .eu domain away from Knipp, please ask our support for an authinfo. You will soon be able to use our website to request an authinfo from the registry yourself.

Questions and answers

We have gathered frequently asked questions and answers on a clearly arranged page.

Price and performance

At Knipp you don't have to pay through your nose for the popular Europe-domains. You get .eu domains for similar favorable conditions as we also offer them for .info and .biz domains, for example. Please refer to our price list for the details.
Beyond the actual registration of domains we also provide a large bundle of additional services. For our customers, these services are available without any additional costs.

Rules of allocation

The exact regulations concerning the eligibility for the registration of .eu domains have been set out in Art. 4 (2) (b) of the .eu Regulation. .eu domains may be registered by any:
(i) undertaking having its registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the Community, or
(ii) organization established within the Community without prejudice to the application of national law, or
(iii) natural person resident within the Community.
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