Answer ID: 9058

.FR is the France country code domain extension, and it is administered and governed by AFNIC

.FR Registration Requirements

Information included in this section is parsed from this document:

This information applies to these domain extensions from AFNIC:

Metropolitan France and Corsica
Reunion Island
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Wallis and Futuna Islands
French Southern and AntarcticTerritories

ASCII domain names only consist of the alphanumeric characters in the French alphabet,the numbers 0 through 9, and the hyphen "-" (e.g. ecole-123).fr).

"International" or "internationalized" domain names (IDN) consist of characters other than ASCII characters alone.

The following alphanumeric characters are admitted for use in domain names: 
a, à, á, â,ã, ä, å, æ, b, c, ç, d, e, è, é, ê, ë, f, g, h, i, ì, í, î, ï, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, o, ò, ó, ô, õ, ö, œ, p, q, r,s, t, u, ù, ú, û, ü, v, w, x, y, ý, ÿ, z, ß, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, - (hyphen; minus sign)

ASCII and IDN domain names cannot be registered which:
  • begin or end with a hyphen "-";
  • are more than 63 characters in length
  • consist of the "-" (hyphen) in the third and fourth position, except for ASCII-encodedversions in which the label is prefixed with "xn--."

Any individual residing and any legal entity having its headquarters or principal place of business as specified below may apply to register or renew a domain name in each of the top-level domains:

  • within the territory of one of the member states of the European Union
  • within the territory of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Domain Contact Information rules:

  • The domain name holder and the administrative contact must be reachable. As such, both the holder and the administrative contact must provide details of a valid telephone number and e-mail address, including accurate information to establish their identities. While the domain name is active, they must ensure that such information is kept up-to-date at all times through their Registrar.
  • The domain name holder must designate an "administrative contact" on the registration application and maintain that contact throughout the duration of the domain name.
  • The administrative contact may be the actual registrant or a designated third party(individual or corporate entity), including the Registrar.
  • If the administrative contact is not the holder, the said contact will not have any rights over the domain name.
  • The same eligibility rules applicable to the holder apply to the administrative contact.
  • The domain name holder must designate a "technical contact" on the registration application and maintain that contact throughout the duration of the domain name.
  • The technical contact may be the Registrar chosen by the holder when registering the domain name.
  • The administrative and/or technical contacts are liable to be contacted and/or informed of any transactions affecting the domain name

.FR Names That Are Subject To Prior Review

Afnic develops and maintains a list of domain names whose registration is subject to prior review.

For this type of domain name, the Registrar sends Afnic the necessary supporting documents beforehand to ensure that the applicant is entitled to register the domain name in question and that it is compliant with the provisions of the French Electronic Communications and Telecommunications Act.

The list is available on the Afnic website (

Registration of .FR domains requires pre-configuration, with additional information needed before registration

.FR specific settings

Depending on the type of registrant, different extensions must be provided. Select between:
Company  OR Individual

The registrant's date of birth in the form YYYY-MM-DD

 The registrant's place of birth. French registrants have to provide the place of birth in the form <ZIP code>,<City>(e.g. "78181, Saint Quentin en Yvelines Cedex"). Non-French registrants simply have to provide the <TWO-LETTER COUNTRY CODE> of their country of birth (e.g. "DE").

French company with a SIREN or SIRET number should continue to provide this number instead as legal id. The SIREN (Système d’Identification du Répertoire des Entreprises) number is the first part of the SIRET NUMBER and consists of 9 digits. The SIRET (Système d’Identification du Répertoire des Etablissements) number is a unique identification number with 14 digits.

Companies with a European trademark:For companies with a European trademark can additionally add their trademark number using this extension.

The DUNS number is a nine-digit number, issued by Dun & Bradstreet. DUNS is the abbreviation of Data Universal Numbering System. Companies with a valid DUNS number are still obliged having their head office in the territory of the European Union. The DUNS number can be provided using this extension

Companies with a local identifier specific to a country of the European Economic Area can provide their local identifier using this extension

French associations listed with the Journal Officiel de la République Française - The official gazette of the French Republic: The Journal Official Associations publishes notices of creations, breakup or substantial changes with nonprofit associations in France. Using the website and the database they provide, query for the respective data below to register a .FR domain name. - The date of declaration of the association in the form YYYY-MM-DD.

The date of publication in the Journal Officiel in the form YYYY-MM-DD

The number of the Journal Officiel

The page of the announcement in the Journal Officiel

.FR renewals

.FR is an auto-renew only domain, needing to be auto-renewed 10 days prior to expiration. See more about auto-renew only domains in the HelpDesk article: Auto-Renew Only Domains

.FR renewal, expiration, and grace period from the .FR registry website (AFNIC):