Frequently Asked Questions

What makes .COM.DE such a unique opportunity? offers consumers the unique opportunity to secure keyword domain names in one of the world’s busiest domain markets.

Typically, local residence is required to register the national German TLD, but is available to everyone, without restriction. German businesses with an international perspective, and companies outside Germany wanting to create a business presence within Germany, can register as many domains as they wish without compromising national identity in their web address.

ComdeRegistry and CentralNic (the operator)

ComdeRegistry owns the SLD, and has partnered with global leading domain name registry CentralNic to manage the domain’s operation.

CentralNic manages 26 niche domain extensions, including EU.COM, UK.COM and .LA, and is the only registry to have launched 2 new domains in 2010.

Who can register .COM.DE domains?

After the Sunrise launch phase, for Trademark holders, anyone will be able to register a .COM.DE domain. They are completely restriction free.

How can I register a .COM.DE domain?

.COM.DE domains will become available to anyone through participating registrars or their resellers. Except where registered or applied for during the Sunrise or Landrush period or excluded by the Registry, .COM.DE domains are available to the public based on the chronological order of registrations on a first come, first served basis.

What are the rules regarding the use of characters for a .COM.DE domain?

We do not permit registration of domain names containing less than three, or more than 64 characters. Also, domain names cannot start or end with a hyphen.

Will I be able to register .COM.DE Domain Names in other languages (Internationalized Domain Names)?

.COM.DE domains may be registered with any IDN characters, subject to CentralNic's IDN rules (

Will I be able to transfer my domain name to another registrar?

Yes, transfers between registrars are permitted. You will need to request the Auth Code from your current registrar to facilitate this process, for verification and security purposes.

Is there any risk that DeNic will interfere with the .COM.DE extension?

No. DENIC has been informed of our plans to distribute domains using as an extension. DENIC has confirmed that the business model does not contravene its policies.

Is .COM.DE DNSSEC signed?

.COM.DE will launch with DNSSEC enabled. Registrants who wish to sign their zones can provide DS record information to CentralNic via their registrar.

How will .COM.DE protect against phishing and abusive registrations?

Subclauses (f) and (h) of Clause 13 of CentralNic's Terms and Conditions state that CentralNic may cancel the registration or suspend registration of a domain name:

(f) if CentralNic believes that the domain name was registered for use in a "phishing" attack or other illegal activity of any kind.

(h) if inaccurate or false contact details are provided.

Further to these conditions, CentralNic operates the following policy regarding suspected "phishing" domain names:

  1. If we have a reasonable suspicion that a domain name registered at CentralNic is being used in a phishing attack, or otherwise being used for other illegal activities, we will place the domain name "On Hold" and under a Registry Lock.
  2. We will then notify the current registrar for the domain name. If the registrar can provide confirmation that the domain name was registered in "good faith" by the registrant, then CentralNic will immediately unlock the domain name and place it on the "Live" status.
  3. If no confirmation is received, or the registrars agrees that the domain name was registered in "bad faith", the domain name will be placed onto "Pending Deletion", and will be fully deleted from the database after 45 days.

Do You Have A Dispute Resolution Procedure?

For our Registration Policy, including Dispute Resolution, please click here