Below are listed the requirements for acquiring a .ie domain from the IEDR.
- Categories: Every application for a domain needs to be correctly categorised. There are 11 main categories which your application can be classified as. Each category requires different supporting information to be supplied in order to verify your application for a domain. If the supporting information you provide is not correct you will be asked to submit appropriate documents which can delay the application process.
- Connection with Ireland: If you are not based within 32 counties of Ireland you must show that you have a connection to Ireland in order to register a .ie domain name. A connection with Ireland can be confirmed as any of the following points:
- Being an Irish resident or citizen.
- Being a company registered in Ireland, or with offices/branches in Ireland.
- Having a Registered Business Name with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
- Providing evidence to show that they are either currently trading with or providing a service to Irish customers (such as invoices, high quality marketing material aimed at the Irish market, or a solicitor or accountant's letter confirming their current or future trade with Ireland).
- Providing evidence to show that they will be relocating to Ireland in the near future
- Holding a Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or EU Community registered Trademark.
Once a connection has been proven any applicant will not need to prove it again for any future domains they wish to register.
- First Come First Served: Domain registrations are subject to a first come first served policy. Once an application has been submitted it will remain on our system for 30 days pending the completed application and the submission of correct supporting information. During this period nobody else can apply for the same domain name and providing the applicant can show a claim to the domain name within the 30 day period the domain will be registered.
- No secondary market: As part of the ongoing efforts to prevent cyber squatting on the .ie domain space it is strictly prohibited for a domain holder to advertise their domain name for sale. In addition if it is evident that a domain name has been sold that has not been proven to be in connection with the sale of a business , the domain name can be deleted with five working days notice.