.ac domain names



.ac is the official extension of Ascension Island.

It includes

  • a free SSL certificate to secure your domain
  • LiveDNS nameservers Anycast + DNSSEC
  • 10,000 aliases and forwarding addresses

Why .ac?

A .ac domain name for a localized business

The .ac domain ending is the country-specific domain ending for Ascension Island. This southern island nation, whose capital is Georgetown, is located in the southern Atlantic Ocean and is one of the United Kingdom's Oversea Territories. With 91 km² (35 mi²) and less than 1,000 inhabitants, Ascension Island accounts for only a small number of internet users and websites.

Get an atypical domain name with .ac

Since you can use it as the ending to a short sentence or phrase in several languages, .ac is one of a few popular domain endings for "domain hacking". If you want an original and unique domain name, .ac is a great choice. An unconventional URL helps you make an impression and helps make your domain name easier to remember.

An easy-to-register .ac domain name

Registering a .ac domain name doesn't require any specific formality. This domain ending is actually open to everyone, businesses, organizations, and individuals, and you can easily get a .ac domain name on a first-come, first-served basis. Buying a .ac domain name is especially appropriate if you're planning to get a relatively long domain name, but want to shorten the URL.

.ac domain prices



per year
  • From 1 to 10 years



  • Renews the domains for the minimum allowed duration



per year
  • From 1 to 9 years
  • Late renewal (domain suspended): 45 days after the domain's expiration date - $154.09
Pricing Options Prices for Singapore, taxes excluded, in $ (SGD)

Other prices and periods


30 days after the late renewal period


the first year, then renewal at normal price

Owner Change


Does not change the expiration date

Period before release

Pending Delete

15 days

after the restoration period

Rules and particularities of .ac domain names

Technical operator
Creation date


Related Contract

View the .ac contract

.ac domain names at Gandi.net

Accreditation: Gandi has been accredited .ac since June 2017

Terms and Conditions

Assigning: .ac domain names 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.

Second-level extensions: not provided by Gandi.


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's status is not "TransferProhibited", 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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