Reserve your .ie domain name
The .ie domain extension is available for all persons and/or companies in Ireland with a relevant claim to the domain. Exceptions may be granted to persons/companies located outside the 32 counties.
Included with your domain name
Link your domain name to your website, manage your email addresses, and configure your subdomains directly from the OVHcloud Control Panel.
Secure DNS authentication with your domain name (to be enabled).
Protection against theft
Protect yourself against fraudulent domain name transfer requests.
Redirect your domain name to a webpage of your choice.
The life cycle of .ie
Creating your .ie domain name
Each .ie domain name application is verified by the .ie registry to ensure that the applicant has a legitimate link to Ireland.
Simplification: applicants can prove their identity and connection to Ireland by providing a SINGLE supporting document.
The ‘first come, first served’ policy applies for reserving domain names.
In most cases, only one document is required to prove your identity and link to Ireland — for example, an Irish passport.
Customers who already have a .ie domain do not need to provide supporting documents, and will be processed as part of the FastPass system.
If you are part of a company or self-employed, you will need to provide ONE of the following documents:
・ RBN number - find yours here.
・ CRO number - find yours here.
・ VAT number (company registered in the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland)
・ Tax exemption certificate issued by the Irish Revenue Commissioners (or other correspondence from the Revenue Commissioners indicating your VAT number)
To prove your personal identity and your link to Ireland, you will need to provide ONE of the following:
・ an Irish passport
・ an Irish/British driving licence (with an Irish address)
・ an Irish/Northern Irish bank statement (with an Irish address)
・ an official student identity card (issued by any educational institution recognised by the Ministry of Education)
・ a public service card issued by the Department of Social Protection
・ correspondence from the Irish Revenue Commissioners (with your PPS number)
・ If you prove your connection to Ireland with a utility bill listing an Irish address, please note that you will also need to include proof of personal identity (e.g. passport, driver's licence).
To send your supporting documents, use the Document uploader on the dedicated .ie registry website.
More information on the .ie registry website: https://www.weare.ie/document-requirements/
|Booking Period||1 to 1 years|
|Renewal Period||1 to 10 years|
|Domain size||1 to 63 characters|
|Internationalised domain names (IDN) supported||Yes|
.ie domain name renewal
|Warning emails 60, 30, 15, 7 and 3 days before the expiry date:||✓|
|Email the day of expiration for notification of suspension of a domain name.||✓|
|Email following the Redemption Grace Period for notification of deletion of domain name.||✓|
|Renew directly on www.ovhcloud.com||✓|
|Renew via your Control Panel||✓|
.ie domain name transfer
|Time to complete the transfer||5 - 10 days|
.ie domain name owner change
.ie domain name reactivation
|Redemption period||30 days|
|Reactivation by the owner||✓|
Reserve your .ie domain name
Base yourself in Ireland with a local .ie domain name, reserved for Irish companies and trademarks.
A .ie domain is a testament to your proximity to the people of Ireland. These two letters will help you win the trust of your customers and set you apart from your international competitors.
About the .ie extension
The .ie extension was created in 1988 under ICANN’s authority. Since the .ir extension is reserved for Iran, the .ie extension was chosen for the Republic of Ireland’s country code top-level domain.
Foreign business entities can obtain a .ie domain name by providing proof of a link to Ireland. The Registry managing .ie domains is the IE Domain Registry.
Despite Brexit, Northern Ireland still benefits from the EU single market and customs union. It is therefore still possible to purchase an Irish domain name in euros.
Why choose this domain name extension?
The .ie extension is reserved for Irish brands and entities or foreign companies with a proven link to Ireland. These domains convey an image of trust and legitimacy in the Irish market.
Merchant sites with a .ie extension can be offered in English or Irish. However, all offer default delivery in Ireland and display their prices in euros. Irish people are therefore more likely to place an order on a .ie domain than on a .com website.
The .ie extension brings another advantage to websites written in Irish (Gaelic) - you can include special characters (e.g. á, é, í, ó, ú) in the domain name.