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Become an IDN Registrar

Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) enable Internet users to navigate and communicate online in their preferred script, transforming the Internet into a truly global and multilingual tool. By adding IDNs to their .com, .net, .tv, .name, and .cc domain name options, registrars have the opportunity to expand services and help increase revenues. For assistance or questions, please contact the FreeYourID Customer Affairs Office at or .

You must first become a registrar of one or more top-level domain names before you can offer IDNs as an additional option.


Registrars are welcome to download the IDN Software Development Kits (SDKs) and implement IDN offerings into your domain name registration service.

Technical Considerations

FreeYourID IDNs follow Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Standards related to IDN. There are important points to consider when registering an IDN.

IDN Registration
The FreeYourID Shared Registration System (SRS) allows a registrant to register IDNs through a registrar in any script supported by Unicode. The registrant's IDN is stored in the Registry’s database in an ASCII-compatible representation as defined by RFC 3492 (Encoding Scheme: punycode). The uniqueness of a domain name registration is determined by its Unicode representation. Valid characters for IDNs are those identified within the Unicode 3.2. For more information, see Policy for IDN Code Points.

Dispute Policy
FreeYourID processes IDN transactions on first-come, first-served basis in the same manner as with all registrations in the .com, .net, .name, .tv, and .cc registries. If a dispute occurs, FreeYourID follows any and all policies established by ICANN to uniformly administer the domain name transfer dispute process.

To assist with potential disputes, FreeYourID has created the IDN Conversion Tool, which works as follows:

  • Any user may input an IDN character string into the tool and click Convert.
  • The tool will perform the conversion and display the string, after applying Name Preparation, and the punycode character string for the prepared domain name character string (e.g., xn--yal93qak4a).
  • Under Whois Query, the user may select either Domain or Nameserver, then click the Query button to query FreeYourID's Whois for the punycode character string.
  • The FreeYourID Whois displays the appropriate registrar for the punycode character string, and the user may continue with normal procedures for researching, preparing, and submitting a complaint under the UDRP.
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Registrar Tools
Sample user interfaces (UIs) for domain name registration highlight possible implementations of language tags into the purchase flow.

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