Who can become a registrar
Anyone can serve as a registrar. The registrar has certain obligations and responsibilities.
The responsibilities and the obligations of the registrar are regulated in the Information Society Code (FFS 917/2014) and the Domain Name Regulation M 68, both came into force the 5 of September 2016.
How does it work?
Once you have registered as a registrar .ax you will receive a username and password to log in to your own registrarplatform. On this page you will be able eg .:
- Register ax-domain names for your customers in a simple and transparent form
- Manage domains for your customers, for example: adjust the DNS settings, contact information, etc.
- Change the validity dates of domains for your customers, where you can add different periods, against the price list that you receive.
- Create transfer codes for change of ownership of domains
- Create or receive transmission code if the customer wants a change registrar
- Manage your own data
Whois.ax do not use EPP apis yet, it works with manual forms
Responsibility, regulations and legislation
As a registrar, you have a responsibilities and obligations. Only registrars can register and manage their customers’ ax-domain name through the Governments system in the domain name registry.
At the customer’s request the registrar shall register the domain name in the Government of Åland domain name registry, update the domain name, renew the validity of the domain name, change the domain name registrar, transfer the domain name to another holder and remove the domain name from domain name register.
The registrar is for example also reqiired to provide their customers
- Information on the domain name form, content and legality
- Inform their customers if the registrar business is changed or canceled
The registration of domain names under the top level domain. ax is governed by the information society code (917/2014) paragraphs about domain names and domain name regulation M68. From 5 september 2016 entered the new law if the toppdomänamnet. ax. The Act stipulates, inter alia, operational model for Administration of domain names, responsibilities and obligations as well as the form and content of the domain name.
Link to pdf domännamnsparagraferna in information society code (917/2014)
Link to pdf domain name regulation M68
Link to pdf justification and application of regulation 68
Payment and invoicing
The Govenment of Åland charges a domain name fee from registrars for each registration and each renewal of domain names.The domain name fee is the same for all registrars.
Registrars may freely price their own services and setting their own prices for their customers.
Prices are received when you are registered as a registrar or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Situations and procedures
- Domain name holders
The user and owner of a specific domain. Holders do not have their own administration, instead the administration is handled by a specific registrar which the holder has chosen. Holders of domain names registered before September 5 belongs to the registrar of the Åland Government (below).
All registration, administration and management for domain name holders are provided by registrars.
- The registrar of Åland Government
Holders of domain names registered before 5 September 2016 belongs to the government registrar. The government registrar is aiming all holders to transfer their domain names to ax-registrars. The government registrar do not accept new registrations and handles only the Governments own domain names.
Situations and procedures
Transfer codes are always created by the current registrar and the code is valid for five days.
- Change registrar
Situation: The domain name holder wants to transfer a domain name from one registrar (R1) ro another (R2)
Procedures: The domain name holder should contact R1 by email and request a transfer to another registrar. The holder receives the transfer code in the response email from R1. The holder then sends the code to R2 and they fill it in on their registrar page under Take ownership of domain. If the code is valid, the domain name will automatically move to R2.
- The domain name change holders (within the same registrar)
Situation: A domain name holder (H1) wants to transfer the domain name to another holder (H2).
Procedures: The domain name holder (H1) contact the registrar to request a transfer code to change the holder (owner) of a specific domain name. The registrar generates a code and sends it back to H1 by email. H1 then sends the code to the new holder (H2), who in turn sends the code to the registrar as proof that the holder change is okey. The registrar updates the domain names data under H2.
- Change of holders and registrars
Situation: A domain name holder (H1) wants to transfer a domain name to another holder (H2). The domain name holders have different registrars.
Procedures: This procedure is a combination of situations 1 and 2. First step is to change holders (situation 2). When the new holder (H2) is registered, H2 request the transfer code from R1 (situation 1).