.io Domain Names

Registry: NIC IO
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)


.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 year
Subdomains: not provided by Gandi
Private domain registration: yes, at the registry level (phone, fax and email of the owner contact are not published)


Renewal: before the expiration date (at the earliest 60 days before the expiration date), domains are deactivated upon expiration, it is possible to renew up to 89 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) and that the domain does not expire soon. The transfer must be confirmed by email and the registration period is extended by one year
Change of Ownership: requires Gandi's owner change form and accompanying proofs of ID. The expiration date remains unchanged
Deletion process: no restoration possible, see this table
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