.io Domain Names

.io
Registry: NIC IO
Technical provider: Afilias
Origin: British Indian Ocean Territory
Creation date: 1997

Description: .IO is the official ccTLD of British Indian Ocean Territory

Whois: see https://www.nic.io
(updated in real time)

Rules

.IO domains at Gandi.net

Accreditation: Gandi has been accredited by NIC IO since April 2012
Price: see the .IO price list
Corresponding Gandi contract: https://www.gandi.net/contracts

Terms and Conditions

Assigning: .IO domains are open to everyone
Syntax: from 2 to 63 alphanumeric characters or a hyphen (excluding in the first and last place)
IDN (accented domain names): yes
Registration period: 1 to 10 years
Subdomains: not provided by Gandi
Private domain registration: yes, with Gandi Whois privacy option

Procedures

Renewal: domains are deactivated upon expiration, it is possible to renew up to 45 days following the expiration date
Disputes: Dispute resolution policy
Transfer (change of Registrar): the request is launched from the website of the domain's new registrar. Be sure that you have the domain's auth code (which you must get from the former registrar), that the domain was created at least 60 days prior to the request and it does not expire soon. The transfer must be confirmed by email and the registration period is extended by one year
Change of Ownership: available on our interface, the procedure consists in email confirmation by both former and new domain name owner. The expiration date remains unchanged
Deletion process: quarantine of 30 days, see this table
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