Public Consultation on changes to the dot ie (.ie) registration requirements

Posted 29.08.17

Dot ie domain policy - public consultation begins

Removal of the ‘claim’ to the domain name

A policy change has been proposed which is believed will make dot ie domains easier and faster to register.

The change
From January 2018, those registering a dot ie domain name won’t need to provide a claim. This means that anybody with a connection to Ireland can register any dot ie domain name they want.

This is a big change to how dot ie registrations work. Currently, every dot ie domain registration is checked to ensure that the applicant has a valid claim to the domain name and a connection to the island of Ireland. With this policy change it effectively means that any dot ie domain name is available on a first come, first served basis, to anybody with a connection to the island of Ireland.

What’s changing?

  • Removal of the ‘claim to the name’ requirement from the IEDR’s Registration & Naming Policy. The ‘claim to the name’ refers to the requirement on registrants to prove a legitimate claim when applying for a new dot ie domain
  • Registrants will still need to prove their real connection to the island of Ireland, and their identity, when applying for a dot ie domain

What’s not changing?

.ie domains will still be:

  • Reserved only for people and businesses with a connection to Ireland
  • As safe as ever
  • Checked to verify that the people registering them are who they say they are
  • Checked to ensure that the people registering them have a connection to Ireland
  Applying now, you must show:
 
  Applying after the change,
you must show:
Connection to the island of Ireland Connection to the island of Ireland
Prove your identity Prove your identity
Claim to the name X Claim to the name

Now is your chance to register, and protect, any dot ie domains that you would not want to fall into a competitor’s hands.

The details
A short informational flyer has been prepared which you can view here.

A public consultation on the proposed policy change is currently underway and will close on 30 September 2017. You can have a say at www.iedr.ie/public-consultation.

Please contact public-consultation@iedr.ie if you have any questions or if you would like any more information about this.

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