A how-to guide for registering reserved names

Thanks for clicking through to find out more about reserved .nz domain names. If you want more information about reserved names, including how .nz domain names were able to be reserved in the first place, feel free to read about the process here.

However, if you wish to register a reserved name that you have rights to, you will need to take the following steps.

Firstly, you will need to request the Unique Domain Authentication ID (UDAI) for the domain name that holds the rights to the reserved name.

If you are unsure what domain name holds rights to the reserved name, you able to find this domain name by searching the domain name you have reserved at the following link: https://dnc.org.nz/whois/

To request your UDAI you need to find the ‘registrar’ for the domain name and can do this by clicking the ‘more details button’. Once you know who the registrar for the domain name that holds rights is, you can contact them and ask them to provide you with the UDAI for that domain name. If you are unsure what a UDAI is, more information can be found here.

When requesting the UDAI, experience has shown that it helps to contact the registrar from the registrant email address on the registration record, as this is sometimes used to authenticate who the registrant is. Please note that UDAI's expire after 30 days.

Secondly, you will need to decide on a registrar who you would like to register the reserved domain name with. You will need to provide this registrar with the UDAI that you have requested.

As the regulator for the .nz domain name space, we cannot recommend one .nz registrar over another. .nz registrars have different services and pricing packages and you should choose the one that best suits you.  You can find the list of .nz authorised registrars at https://www.dnc.org.nz/registrars

Please note, you are able to test any UDAI you receive via the following link: https://dnc.org.nz/udai

You may also want to remind the registrar that you have selected that registering a reserved name is similar to transferring the domain name in.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email us at the Domain Name Commission by emailing info@dnc.org.nz.