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What is the Trustee Service for .de domains?

The .de registry has an additional requirement for .de domain registrations:

  • The address in the registrant or administrative contact details has to be located within Germany.

When registering a .de domain with an address outside of Germany, we automatically replace this with a postal address in Germany to ensure that your domain complies with the Registry’s rules. This is called the Trustee Service add-on and enables you to register the domain without having a trusted contact person in Germany. The costs for using this Trustee Service for .de domain are €3,00 ex VAT (€3,63 inc VAT) yearly.


Disabling the Trustee Service

If you no longer require the Trustee Service you can cancel it from your control panel.

For new domain registrations we check the address location during the order process and notify you if the Trustee Service add-on is needed.

For an existing domain name simply change the registrant or contact details to an address in Germany in your control panel and click save by using the steps below. We will automatically check the requirements on local presence and notify you if the change is successful.


Step 1

Log in to your controlepaneel, navigate to the 'Domain & Hosting' tab and click your domain name on the left.


Step 2

Scroll down on the right side down to the 'Your domain contact information' section and click on the cogwheel.

change contact details

Alternatively, don't scroll down, but click on 'Manage' > 'Manage contact information'.

domain manage contact information


Step 3

Modify your contact information and click 'Save' in the bottom right.

change contact details

There are no costs for changing .de contact information. If you change the address to an address in Germany, the trustee service will be canceled automatically.


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