Overview – Direct Registrants
Most .ie domain holders are customers of our Registrars, companies that manage .ie domains. You will find these listed on our accredited .ie Registrar page. However, some people chose to come to us directly to get their domain(s). This is now going to change.
Demand for the ‘direct’ services has reduced considerably. For this reason, from 31 March 2020, the direct registration service will no longer be available. By this date, we will transfer all direct registrations to an accredited .ie Registrar, see the list on our accredited Registrar page.
To explain what this means, we have created a list of frequently asked questions. If you still need more information, please email email@example.com and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
The direct registration service has been available for those wishing to manage .ie domains directly with us at IE Domain Registry, without the support of an accredited .ie Registrar.
Other products like hosting, web design and email have not been available under this service.
The direct registration service will no longer be available from 31 March 2020.
By this date, we will transfer all direct registrations to an accredited .ie Registrar.
This means that .ie domains managed via the direct registration service will be transferred to an accredited .ie Registrar.
You will be able to manage your .ie domains using this Registrar’s platform.
We are currently in the process of identifying and appointing the accredited .ie Registrar that the direct registrations will be transferred to.
We will contact those currently using the direct registration service by 13 March 2020 with more information.
Accredited .ie Registrars are professional companies, organisations or individuals who have proven knowledge and expertise in managing .ie domains.
Information on these companies can be found on our accredited .ie Registrar page.
Your .ie domain registration will still be registered in the .ie database, which we manage.
The management of .ie domains that are registered under the direct registration service will be transferred to an appointed accredited .ie Registrar. You will be able to manage the billing of your .ie domain with this Registrar.
You don’t need to do anything. There will be no service impact to your .ie domain or any related services like your email or website during this process. These will operate as normal.
You will be able to renew your .ie domain with the appointed accredited .ie Registrar.
There will be no service impact to your .ie domains during this process.
Any websites or email services associated with direct registrations will operate as normal.
There is no charge for this change.
In future, you can pay your .ie domain registration renewal fees due when they fall to the Registrar managing your .ie domain registration.
Your Registrar will confirm this for you (usually by email).
You can also verify this in the “Account Name” field on our WHOIS lookup service. Type in your domain name, click search and you can view the full Whois information for your domain name.
You can transfer to an accredited .ie Registrar at any time. We explain how to do this on our Find or change your Registrar page.
In summary, you just need to request an Authorisation Code, give this to your new Registrar, and pay them for the transfer. They will take it from there.
You can get the Authorisation Code if you are logged into our Console, or you can send it to the administrative contact for the domain.
You then need to give this code to your new Registrar, who will use it to complete the transfer.
Note that the transfer will also roll-forward your renewal date by 1 year.
(For example, if your renewal date is 01-01-2021, it will change to 01-01-2022 after you transfer to your preferred accredited .ie Registrar).
We have done extensive analysis of the service and decided to end direct registration services for a number of reasons. Most country registries have already stopped and others are about to do so. We’ve outlined some of our reasons below:
- Demand for the service has been declining for some time
→ Less than 2,000 domains are registered through the direct registration channel (less than 1% of over 280,000 registrations in the .ie database).
- The .ie internet ecosystem has changed a lot since the introduction of the service
→ There are now more experienced, professional accredited .ie Registrars (over 130 companies).
→ These companies offer a range of services, product bundles, user-friendly platforms, and competitive pricing options.
We are currently in the process of identifying and appointing the accredited .ie Registrar that the direct registrations will be transferred to. We will contact users of the direct registration service in early March 2020 with further information.
Your new Registrar will discuss this with you. Registrars typically offer different pricing plans and service bundles. It is a very competitive market and you can shop around if you would like to discuss your requirements with other Registrars.
It is important to note that Personal Data associated with your .ie domain registrations will also be transferred to the appointed accredited .ie Registrar by 31 March 2020.
‘Personal data’ includes the names, address, email address which you provided during the initial registration process and subsequently. No passwords will be transferred. Please note that we do not retain credit card details for any customers.
You can transfer your .ie domain registrations to your preferred Accredited .ie Registrar at any time.