.BE Domains

In June 1988 EARN and Eunet introduce the .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 Thursday, August 16, 2012 there are 1,306,361 domains that are registered.

Who can register a .be domain name?

Anyone, from businesses to organisations to individuals, can register a .be domain. You need not be a Belgian resident, or, if you operate a business, it need not be based in Belgium. When you register a domain name you acquire an annual right of use of the domain name. You cannot therefore buy a domain name or view it as your property.

What is a valid domain name?

  • Use valid characters (“a-z”, “A-Z”, “0-9”, “-“)
  • Choose a name with more than 2 and less than 63 characters
  • Avoid a name starting or ending with a “–“
  • Avoid charactercharacterdashdash combinations like aa–.be

WHOIS registration details certificate

A .be registrant can request a summary in pdf format of the details of the individual or organisation who/which, at that time, is registered as the holder of the .be domain name, as stated in DNS.be’s registration system.

In this way, you may verify whether the domain name has been registered with DNS.be with the correct details and receive a document in pdf format drawn up and signed by DNS.be to this effect. You may use this document for certain business transactions, such as applying for a digital certificate.

How do you proceed?
You simply look up your domain name in the WHOIS form below. At the bottom of the page you will see a button to request the “WHOIS registration details certificate”.

More information? The answers to your questions can be found here.


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