Registrar-Related FAQs

What is an Accredited Registrar?

An accredited Registrar is an entity from the private sector that is duly authorized (i.e. accredited) by SaudiNIC to provide Saudi domain names Registration Services (such as: Register domain name, modify registration information, delete domain name registration,… etc.).

What are the tasks and roles that will be performed by an accredited Registrar?

  1. Provide all basic registration services reletated to Saudi Domain Names (such as: Register domain name, modify registration information, delete domain name registration,…) for the delegated TLDs, in accordance with the approved Regulations and procedures.
  2. Marketing Saudi Domain Names
  3. Provide Customer support and payments channels.
  4. Provide add-on services (e.g., web hosting, email services, online stores,…)
  5. Innovation in provided services.

How to become an accredited Registrar for Saudi Domain Names?

The first application phase has ended, but other application phases may be announced later.

Application can be submitted within the announced application phase period after satisfying the eligibility criteria and application requirements as detailed in the SaudiNIC site (www.nic.sa/registrars )

Will there be other application phases?

Yes, there will be other application phases that will be announced later.

Will the eligibility criteria for future application phases be similar to the current criteria?

It is expected that the opportunity to apply for accreditation will be opened gradually. Thus, the eligibility criteria may differ for each phase. The criteria for each phase will be announced in conjunction with the beginning of application phase.

Is there an Application Fee for Registrar Accreditation?

In first application phase there is no application fee.

Will there be registration and renewal fees for Saudi domain names through the Registrars?

Yes, according to the regulations, Accredited Registrars may collect registration service fees from the registrants.

What are the fees that the registrar must pay to SaudiNIC?

Currently, there is only a fixed fee for the registration and renewal of domain names.

How the fees due to SaudiNIC will be collected from the registrars?

It will be collected through direct debit from the registrar balance. The registrar must ensure that there is sufficient balance by depositing an additional payment to charge the balance periodically.

What is the technical mechanism to connect to the SaudiNIC’s registration system? Is it done using the standard protocol designated for connecting to registry’s system (EPP)?

Connecting to the registration systems is done using the standard protocol known as (EPP: Extended Provisioning Protocol). We provide an Operational Manual containing all necessary technical details.

How can I get the Operational Manual of the technical requirements and procedures for connecting to the registration system?

It can be obtained by sending a request using the ticket system on SaudiNIC website.

What is the technical mechanism to connect to the SaudiNIC’s registration system? Is it done using the standard protocol designated for connecting to registry’s system (EPP)?

Connecting to the registration systems is done using the standard protocol known as (EPP: Extended Provisioning Protocol). We provide an Operational Manual containing all necessary technical details.

How can I get the Operational Manual of the technical requirements and procedures for connecting to the registration system?

It can be obtained by sending a request using the ticket system on the SaudiNIC site (link).

Will the one who submits first get preference over other who submit later?

The preference is made based on the evaluations of the requirements, which does not include the time of receipt of the application.

What is the procedure that will be taken for the current registrants who previously registered Saudi domain names directly with SaudiNIC before the launching Registrar services?

Existing registrants (who registered with SaudiNIC directly before the Registrars start their activities) will be given a one-year period. During that period they must transfer their domain name(s) to one of the accredited Registrars according to procedures that will be published by SaudiNIC. This procedure will be applied for all domain names.

Will SaudiNIC continue to provide registration service after the launching Registrar services?

SaudiNIC will stop providing registration services for all TLDs. Registration for government agencies will be via Digital Government Authority, and for non-government agencies and individuals via Accredited Registrars.