Become a Registrar

As part of its duties, Afnic assigns domain names through the registrar.

The legal framework requires that it accredit registrars according to the six criteria defined by Decree No. 2011-926 of 1 August 2011, namely that the registrar:

  • Manages the principles and operating procedures for the Internet domain name system;
  • Manages the equipment and technical rules needed to register domain names with the registry;
  • Has set up a verification procedure for identification data provided by domain name applicants so that it may answer any questions of the Registry;
  • Has the required human and technical resources to ensure the updating of any administrative and technical data provided by domain name applicants for identification purposes;
  • Has the required computer equipment and software to ensure the security of personal data provided by domain name applicants, and safeguards these data in compliance with the requirements of French Law 78-17 of 6 January 1978 as amended;
  • Provides suitable conditions for contact with the public.


Thereafter, the contract is automatically renewed for each annual period beginning on 1 January and ending on 31 December of each year.

Once accreditation is granted, the registrars exercise their activities under the control of Afnic on the basis of a registration contract which establishes the conditions for accessing Afnic services as well as those for accessing the services of the registrar.

The registration contract is automatically terminated in the event of loss of accreditation by the registrar.

The non-renewal or termination of the registration contract results in the automatic withdrawal of accreditation.


In order to act as a registrar for all extensions managed by Afnic


Please send your application file either by e-mail to or by post to:

Afnic - Service Client AC / AC
Immeuble Le Stephenson - 1 rue Stephenson
78180 Montigny le Bretonneux


Your application file will need to contain the following documents :

    • The official documents;
    • The payment of your flat fee depending on the option you have selected.
  • The cover letter explaining the reason for your accreditation request, highlighting the salient points of your business and your expertise.



To help you carry out the accreditation formalities, the documents required to submit your accreditation request are listed below:

And to complete the accreditation formalities, the documents and information required to complete the registration of your contract are listed below:


Some help


Am I concerned by the personal data protection?

Every registrar commits itself in the personal data protection.

You are concerned by the personal data protection in any circumstances even if you work only with professional customers or if you are not located in France or if you are going to register domain names exclusively for your own companies.

In fact, you collect personal data from the holder's domain name and those data will be included in the .fr Whois, the French State data base. Doing this, you have to process personal data in compliance (i) with Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 as amended concerning the processing of personal data or (ii) if you are not located in France, with the European Directive (cf. Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data).

Each company processing personal data has to notify it to its Data Protection Authority (DPA). Under the accreditation process, Afnic has to receive the proof of your compliance to the European Directive: a copy of your notification to the DPA for example.

If, according to the European Commission, the country in which you are located does not provide adequate protection of personal data (you may check this aspect on the CNIL website), please send an email to Afnic at the following address requesting a specific certificate that you will add to your application completed and signed. This specific certificate will ensure the compliance by your company of the main obligations to be met by registrars corresponding to the provisions of Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 as amended concerning the processing of personal data.

It is therefore necessary that you take action regarding personal data protection both at the time of accreditation and throughout your accreditation.

You are kindly invited to read the following texts:

Must I become a member of the association?

Since January 1st, 2008 it is possible to become a registrar without being a member of Afnic. You can also become a member if you wish to. The "Registrar Members" category is open -in a non-automatic and a non-obligatory way- to registrars under contract with Afnic, wathever the option choosed. It will allow you to participate to the "Registrar" Consultative Committee, to elect your representatives for the Board of directors and to take part to Afnic working groups. You can send your "Membership application form" in the same time than your "Registrar identification form" or later. Further information: Become a member of Afnic.


Before becoming a registrar, I need to have information on your registry/registrar interface, is it possible?

You can find information in the technical guidebooks.


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