.be Domain

.be is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Belgium. The domain became active in 1989 and was administrated by Pierre Verbaeten of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 2000, the control of the TLD was transferred to DNS Belgium. As of June 2013 there are 1,392,477 registered domains.

It was announced in November 2005 that the initial registration of domains would be free until the beginning of 2006, though with some limits on the number any individual was allowed to register. This was remarkably popular, with some 17,000 registrations coming in on the first day of the promotion.

Domain names are registered directly at second level. Some of Belgian's main academic institutions, such as the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université libre de Bruxelles, use third-level names under ac.be, but other have abandoned its use (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Ghent University, Université catholique de Louvain, University of Liège, University of Namur, Saint-Louis University, Brussels). Most academic uses of the top-level .be domain are due to Belnet's policy allowing only one active .ac.be domain per institution. This is why ucl.ac.be shifted to uclouvain.be, fundp.ac.be to unamur.be, ulg.ac.be to uliege.be or fusl.ac.be to fusl.be. One exception is the University of Mons which by integrating the Faculté polytechnique de Mons, could change its domain from umh.ac.be to umons.ac.be.

Any .be registration has to be ordered via a registered agent.

The domain has also been in use as a logo for the federal government since 2003.

YouTube also uses the domain hack youtu.be for their URL shortening service.

This text was written in the article .be on Wikipedia and is available under the GNU Free Documentation License. A List of the authors is available on Wikipedia.

Available Suffixes
  • Registrations on second level (e.g. domain.be): yes
Useful information
  • Cancellation period 38 days
  • Whois Server whois.dns.be
Contact Requirements
Available Types:
  • Owner has to be Person or Org
Owner needs always the following fields filled:
  • name

Admin needs always the following fields filled:
  • name

Tech needs always the following fields filled:
  • name

Zone needs always the following fields filled:
  • name

The transfer has to be initiated through our system. A valid Authorization Code has to be provided to initiate a transfer successfully. You may obtain the authorization code from the old registrar. After a transfer, our system syncronizes the owner of the domain from the registry to our system. If possible, you can start an owner change if you want to replace the synced owner. Please obtain the Authorization Code directly from the registry under https://www.dnsbelgium.be/en/transfer_code. The registry then sends the Authorization Code by email to the owner of the domain.


An Ownerchange may produce costs. Please refer to your pricelist. The Ownerchange can be started easily in our system.

  • check: no
  • IP-Types: IPv4/IPv6
  • DNSSEC: no
  • min. Nameserver: 0
  • max. Nameserver: 13

A Restore can be performed in our system up to 40 days after deletion.

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