.NL represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of the Netherlands. This ccTLD was introduced to the market in 1986 and was intended for entities with connection to Netherlands. It is ranked as one of the most popular ccTLDs in the internet with almost 6 million registered websites.
There is no special process needed to register a .NL domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
The .nl domain is the country code for the Netherlands. It's the abbreviation for Netherland.
So who can get a .nl name?
Any person or company registered in the Netherlands should be able to own one of these names. That means if you're Dutch, and live and work there, you can register a .nl name.
In addition, if you have your business registered in the Netherlands, or representative office there - then this makes you eligible to acquire a local domain with an extension of .nl and it's also possible that someone will choose the exact same company name as yours and thus overrule your choice of domain names.
If the .nl name is for a company or organization that isn't registered in the Netherlands but still has an office there, they should be able to get one of these names too as long as their business license allows them to use domain names.
Even if your company is registered in the Netherlands but the owner lives and works somewhere else or if your company is not registered at all - no problem! You still have the right to purchase .nl name as long as it's available.
Who regulates .nl domain name?
There are two organizations that regulate .nl names. The first one is the Registry of Netherlands Network Information Centre Foundation which manages all the registration processes and makes sure only valid requests get to registrars.
And second, there's a domain name authority called SIDN which ensures you're not getting any unwanted third-party stuff on your website.
Tips to choose ideal .nl name
When choosing a domain, you should always try to make it as simple and straightforward as possible so that people can find out what they're looking for fast.
Choose a brandable and memorable name that also describes your content.
Common subdomains for .nl domain name
One thing you should pay attention to is the fact that many businesses choose a similar or even identical name as other companies and organizations, so if there's already someone with such a website - yours will go unnoticed. Here are some examples of popular choices:
·.org.nl - mostly used by non-profit and not for profit organizations
·.com.nl - mostly chosen by companies that sell products or services online
·.net.nl - often bought to run a website with network-related content such as hosting, hardware, etc.
·.edu.nl - this subdomain name is most often used by schools, colleges, and universities
·.gov.nl - this extension belongs to the government of the Netherlands. This is restricted to governmental organizations only
What documents do you need to register .nl name?
The registry will require up to three documents in order to start your registration process, including:
- copy of company license or certificate of incorporation.
- copy of registration at the Chamber of Commerce (KVK).
- proof that you actually own your company name if it's different from what appears on these documents.
How much does .nl domain name cost?
Well, this depends on how long you want to keep it active and also which registrar you choose to go with.
Generally, we advise our customers to register their .nl names for as long as possible since it's a country code domain and these are becoming more popular every day.
The rates vary from company to company and start as low as €20 a year.
Besides the yearly fee, you will also need to pay VAT (Dutch sales tax) if your business is located in the Netherlands. It's usually included in the total price unless otherwise stated by an individual registrar.