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Registering a domain name

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you want to start a website in the Netherlands, you must first choose a domain nameExternal link (Internet address). You cannot choose a domain name that is already in use, and your domain name must respect the trademark rights and trade name rights of other companies.

Checking a domain name

You can use the Whois-searchExternal link option on the website of the Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands (Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland, SIDN), if you want to check if a certain domain name (.nl) already exists. You could also consult your internet provider's website, which usually offers domain name checks for .nl and other extensions as well.

Submitting a request for domain name registration

You must register a domain nameExternal link from a domain names registrarExternal link, which will submit a registration request on your behalf to the organisation that administers domain names. The organisation administering the top level domain (TLD) ‘.nl’ is SIDN.

Cancelling a domain name

If you wish to cancel a domain nameExternal link, contact your registrar.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO