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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 add-on differ per domain extension and are drafted in a separate contract.

Disabling the Trustee Service

If you no longer require the Trustee Service you can cancel it from your control panel. For an existing domain name simply change the registrant or contact details to an address in Germany in your control panel and click save. We will automatically check the requirements on local presence and notify you if the change is successful. For new domain registrations we check the address location during the order process and notify you if the Trustee Service add-on is needed. There’s an option to change the contact details during the order process by clicking on "Edit WHOIS and nameservers".

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