How to become an .ee accredited registrar?

How to become an .ee accredited registrar?

Submit an application

Please read .ee's Registrar Contract (downloads can be found below the page) and submit us the Registrar Application. Application can be filled and sent via an online form here.

Certification

After submitting the application you have to take a knowledge test of .ee Domain Regulation - a certification test, and a technical EPP test. More information on the tests can be found here.

Sign the contract

After you have successfully passed the tests we can sign the Registrar Contract. The contract can be signed both, on paper or digitally.

Here is some of the important information about accreditation and being a registrar.

Based on the new dual level so-called Register-Registrar Registration System of .ee domain rules, persons who wish to begin dealing with the registration of Estonian ccTLD sub-domains can accredit themselves at the Estonian Internet Foundation as an .ee Registrar. If the Registrar meets all of the requirements set by the Estonian Internet Foundation in the Registrar Contract, he/she may become a Registrar.

In accordance with the Registration Contract, it is the right and obligation of the Registrar to offer Registrants the following Registration Services:

  • Domain Name registration

  • Deletion of a registration

  • Extension of a registration

  • Transferring of a Domain Name

  • Updating of contact information

  • Administration of name servers

  • Registrar change

The accreditation process for Registrars is comprised of the following stages:

  • Submission of application for becoming a Registrar;

  • At least one of the applicant’s employees is certified by the Estonian Internet Foundation (has completed the training programme);

  • The applicant has successfully completed the registry’s EPP server test;

  • Agreed to the terms and conditions of the Estonian Internet Foundation’s Registrar Contract.

The application is the potential Registrar’s first step on the road to becoming a Registrar. Prior to the submission of an application to the EIF, one should definitely examine the contents of the Registrar Contract and analyse the organisation’s capability to cope with all the rights and obligations listed therein. The application can be examined and submitted here. Submitted applications shall be reviewed by the Estonian Internet Foundation at the first available opportunity. If the information listed in the application is incomplete, then the EIF shall let the applicant know.

Registrar application

Registrar applications must be filled as requested. The application can by filled via an online form here. Should you have any additional questions, please contact our registrar coordinator helen.aaremae@internet.ee.

Following the receipt of a suitable application, the EIF sends the applicant information for completing the training programme, including opportunities for completing the EPP server test. The sequence in time is designated is such a manner that the applicant is able to select the most suitable variant on his/her own from among the offered variants. In order to ensure that a member of the applicant’s team has acquired sufficient knowledge regarding the general operation of the domain world as well as Estonia’s registry system, at least one employee or representative of the applicant must pass the written test based on the training programme. Upon the successful completion of the test, the person may consider themselves to be a certified employee. Certification is individual and belongs to the person who has successfully completed the test. If, for example, the certified employee moves from one registrar to another, then the certification moves with them. If such a situation results in the first Registrar no longer having a single registered employee, the Registrar must, within three months, certify a new employee at the Estonian Internet Foundation.

To ensure that the applicant is capable of communicating with the registry’s EPP server, an EPP test must be completed. The test is used to control whether the applicant is capable of creating all seven registry entry related EPP commands and forwarding them to the registry’s EPP test server. The applicant is forwarded the registry’s EPP test server data so that the applicant would be able to control the operation of their software. When the applicant is ready for testing, the test data is forwarded to him/her. EIF controls the results of the test and notifies the applicant.

The Registrar Contract is signed in paper format by the authorised representatives of EIF and the Registrar.

Additional Registrar related questions can be sent to the e-mail address of Registrars coordinator Helen Aaremäe, helen.aaremae@internet.ee.

8. Elite Partner programme

Estonian Internet Foundation has developed, in consultation with .ee accredited registrars, Best Practices for Registrars. Best Practices provide the customers of the subscribing registrars with additional assurance that, when ordering the .ee domain registration services, they will receive reliable information and services that conform to the acceptable quality level. Subscription to these Best Practices is a recognition to the registrar’s customer service and the quality of their services! 

Subscription to these Best Practices is a voluntary option for any registrar!

How to join?

You can find an online form hereBest Practises from the fail menu below. Estonian Internet Foundation will confirm the accession within 30 days after the application has been received.