Registration categories

There are 11 different registration categories and every .ie registration must demonstrate eligibility for their registration category. Please choose the most suitable category from the list below:

Domains for Individuals
I own a registered trademark

You should apply under Category 3 – Registered Trademark Name

Simply include your Trademark number (Irish, UK, US or European Union Trademarks) or a copy of the Trademark Certificate with your application. The domain name must correspond closely with the trademark but variations such as plurals, numbers or letters may be accepted. If you are a licensed user of a Trademark and wish to use this as your domain you must supply a signed letter of authorisation from the Trademark holder. Please note that if you are not applying with an Irish, European or WIPO trademark then a connection with Ireland also must be proven.

Please not that Trademarks registered with WIPO may also be accepted however they must include IE on the particular trademark.

I am a politician

You should apply under Category 8 – Politician’s Name

Any politician currently holding office or standing for election in the island of Ireland (e.g. MEP, TD or members of the Northern Ireland Assembly) can apply for a domain to be registered for their name or a combination of their name and office held. A signed letter on official letterhead, stating the politician’s eligibility must be submitted with the application.

I run a business (trading under my own name)

Depending on the nature of your business and business name your appplication can be submitted under any of the following categories. Please select the one that best applies to your business.

You can apply under Category 10 – Personal Trading Name

If you are an individual trading under under your own name you can register a domain under this category to to reflect your full name or surname alone. You should provide your VAT number or a letter from an accountant, solicitor or bank manager confirming that you are a Sole Trader, trading under your own name.

Alternatively you can apply under Category 4 – Registered Business Name

If you are an individual trading under a business name that is registered with the CRO you can register a domain to reflect this name or a reasonable variation such as on ethat reflects your trade or location. You will only need to submit your RBN (Registered Business Number) or Certificate of Registration for your business with your application, providing that this can be verified online.

Alternatively you can apply under Category 11 – Discretionary Name

If your trading name is not registered or if you are simply registering a domain which reflects your product or service you can apply under this category. You should provide your VAT number or a letter from an accountant, solicitor or bank manager confirming that you are a Sole Trader. You will also need to submit a document on your business letterhead explaining what the domain name reflects and how it relates to your business.

I am just myself! I want to set up a website or blog.

You should apply under Category 1 – Personal Name

You cannot register just your first, last name or a nickname as a domain. We accept most formats of your first, middle, surname or initials as options.

You may register your name in any of the following combinations:

  • johnsmith.ie
  • john-smith.ie
  • jsmith.ie
  • j-smith.ie
  • johnpaulsmith.ie
  • john-paul-smith.ie
  • jpsmith.ie
  • john-p-smith.ie
  • johnpsmith.ie
  • paulsmith.ie
  • paul-smith.ie
  • psmith.ie
  • p-smith.ie

Applicants for a Personal Domain Name must reside on the island of Ireland, and therefore all applicants must provide one of the following forms of identification:

  • Irish passport (or UK passport with NI address)
  • Driver’s licence
  • Birth or marriage certificate
  • Revenue/welfare document showing PPS or National Insurance number.
  • A utility bill (electricity or gas supplier, or a contract mobile phone bill)
Domains for Businesses
A domain for a limited company

You should apply under Category 2 – Corporate Name

If you wish to register a domain name that is related to your incorporated company the only supporting document required with your application is your company number. This can be found via the CRO or is sometimes included on company letterhead. If your company is not incorporated in Ireland you must include your certificate of incorporation with your application. Alternatively, we will also accept VAT numbers from any applicant within the EU provided that they can be verified on the europa.eu database as confirmation of a company’s existence.

You may also register domains that are abbreviations of your corporate name or include additional words with your corporate name. If the proposed domain name is not a clear variation of your company’s name or descriptive of their business we will generally require further documentation to complete the registration, usually a signed fax, letter or email attachment on headed paper which outlines your company’s claim to the domain name.

If the proposed domain name is not clearly based on your company’s name, then you should apply under the discretionary category, and further information will be required to complete the registration.

A domain for a product/service name

You should apply under Category 2 – Corporate Name

You may register domains for products or services of your company and we will also accept domain names that are abbreviations of your corporate name or include additional words with your corporate name.

Alternatively you can apply under Category 11 – Discretionary Name

If the proposed domain name is not clearly based on your company’s name, or obviously reflective of a product or service provided by your company, then you should apply under Category 11 – Discretionary Name. To complete your registration you will need to send us a signed letter on headed paper which outlines your claim to the domain name.

A domain for a publication name

You should apply under Category 6 – Publication Name

If you are require a domain for a publication that is that is relevant to your operations as a Sole Trader, Company, Unincorporated Association, State Agency or Educational Institution you can register the domain by faxing us a page from the publication where the applicant is stated as the writer or publisher of it. If it is an online publication simply include a link or a printout of the webpage with your application.

A domain for a registered business name

You will only need to submit your RBN (Registered Business Number) with your application, providing that this can be verified online.

If you have do not have a Registered Business Number or are in the process of registering we will also accept the Certificate of Registration for the business name.

I am a sole trader

Depending on the nature of your business and business name your appplication can be submitted under any of the following categories. Please select the one that best applies to your business.

You can apply under Category 10 – Personal Trading Name

If you are an individual trading under under your own name you can register a domain under this category to to reflect your full name or surname alone. You should provide your VAT number or a letter from an accountant, solicitor or bank manager confirming that you are a Sole Trader, trading under your own name.

Alternatively you can apply under Category 4 – Registered Business Name

If you are an individual trading under a business name that is registered with the CRO you can register a domain to reflect this name or a reasonable variation such as on ethat reflects your trade or location. You will only need to submit your RBN (Registered Business Number) or Certificate of Registration for your business with your application, providing that this can be verified online.

Alternatively you can apply under Category 11 – Discretionary Name

If your trading name is not registered or if you are simply registering a domain which reflects your product or service you can apply under this category. You should provide your VAT number or a letter from an accountant, solicitor or bank manager confirming that you are a Sole Trader. You will also need to submit a document on your business letterhead explaining what the domain name reflects and how it relates to your business.

Domains for Registered Trademarks
I own a registered trademark

You should apply under Category 3 – Registered Trademark Name

Simply include your Trademark number (Irish, UK, US or European Union Trademarks) or a copy of the Trademark Certificate with your application. The domain name must correspond closely with the trademark but variations such as plurals, numbers or letters may be accepted. If you are a licensed user of a Trademark and wish to use this as your domain you must supply a signed letter of authorisation from the Trademark holder. Please note that if you are not applying with an Irish, European or WIPO trademark then a connection with Ireland also must be proven.

Please not that Trademarks registered with WIPO may also be accepted however they must include IE on the particular trademark.

Domains for State Agencies
I work for a state agency or department, local authority, hospital, VEC or other statutory body

You should apply under Category 5 – State Agency Name

You are eligible to apply for a domain name which reflects their name. Applicants may apply for the English and Irish version of their name and domain names can reflect the name of a project, special event, or joint venture where at least one of the parties involved is a state agency. In order for the domain to be registered it must be proven that the applicant is a statutory body.

Domains for Clubs and Societies
I want a domain for my club or society

You should apply under Category 9 – Unincorporated Association

Clubs or societies that do not have a registered business name should apply to register a domain under this category. A signed letter must be submitted with the application on letterhead paper (where appropriate) and needs to state that you are an Unincorporated Association and require the domain name to represent your club or society name.

Domains for Schools and Colleges
I work for a school or college

You should apply under Category 7 – Educational Institution

If you wish to register a domain that reflects the name of your school of college and you are recognised by the Department of Education as an educational institution (i.e. can be verified online via the schools list) then your roll number is all you will need to include with your application. Alternatively a self-issued letter on the school’s letterhead should be included with the application.

Please note that if you wish to register a domain for a particular project or initiative then you can apply under Catergory 11 – Discretionary Name and you should submit an explanation of your claim to the domain name on your school letterhead with your application.

Domains for Charities
I work for a charity

You should apply under another Category in this list which best matches the work of your Charity.

You will need to provide us with your Charity Number (CHY) which can be obtained from the Revenue. Please note that you can also register names not related to the charity name under Category 11 – Discretionary Name and you will need to provide documentation explaining your claim to the name.

None of the above!
None of the above categories apply to me

You can apply under Category 11 – Discretionary Name, however it should be noted that your application will likely apply to another category. Please contact us for more advice.

This is a catch-all category for any domain name which does not fall under the above categories. It covers products, services, promotional campaigns, brand names, personal projects, etc. To support an application under this category, an applicant must submit information explaining what the domain name reflects and how it relates to them.

As a general rule of thumb it is advisable to first determine which of the other categories your application is the most similar to and base the supporting information submitted with your application on that. In general a signed fax on headed paper outlining why you want the domain name will be accepted. Alternative methods by which a claim to a name in this category can be proven include submitting a link to a webpage, perhaps a .com which clearly shows your involvement with the name required.