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.HK

.HK is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of Hong Kong.


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Introduced 1990
Country Hong Kong
Registry HKIRC
IDN Capable Yes
Webpage Register .HK

Contents


Registry

TLD

-

Allowed TLDs

-

Registry

HKIRC

Dispute Policy

Rules

Registrar

1api GmbH

WHOIS-Server

whois.hkirc.hk

WHOIS-Update

every two hours

Min. Characters

2

Max. Characters

63

Character Set
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
  • IDN: allowed
Limitations
  • Registrant Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 1
  • Admin Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 1
  • Tech Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 1
  • Billing Contacts: Required: 1 / Maximum: 1

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IDN capable

Yes

Restore capable

Real-Time

Handle Updates

Supported

Registration System

Real-Time

Allowed number of NS

2 to 13

Registry Nameservercheck

No

Host IP-Addresses Type

IPv4 / IPv6

Hosts managed as

Object

Root Nameserver Update

hourly

SEC DNS Interface

not available

Transferclass

Pull

Transfer Periods

1Y

Transfer Authcode required

Yes

Transfer Real-Time

No

Transfer Pending Period

3 days

Transfer Expire Action

ACK

Transfer ACK by

Registrar

Transfer NACK by

Registrar

Transfer Lock

No

Owner Change by

Trade

Trade Periods

1Y

Transfer included

No

Trade Confirmation (Request / Approve)

- / Fax


Periods

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Registration Periods

1-3 years / 5 years

Add Grace Period

0 days

Accounting Period

0 days

Finalization Period

29 days

Failure Period

29 days

Payment Period

-61 days

Deletion Restorable Period

60 days

Deletion Hold Period

0 days

Explicit Renewals

Yes

Renewal Periods

1-3 years / 5 years


API

Domain Registration

Domains can be registered in Real-Time with the API AddDomain command.

command = AddDomain
domain  = (DOMAIN)

REQUIRED

ownercontact0 = (CONTACT)
admincontact0 = (CONTACT)
techcontact0 = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1 = (NAMESERVER)

OPTIONAL

auth = <TEXT> | <NULL>
transferlock = 0 | 1 | <NULL>
subuser = <TEXT> | <NULL>

X-HK-REGISTRANT-CHINESE-COMPANY = <TEXT>
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-TYPE = <TEXT> (mandatory, if X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-TYPE is 'OTHIDV' or 'OTHORG')
X-HK-REGISTRANT-OTHER-DOCUMENT-TYPE = <TEXT>
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-NUMBER = <TEXT>
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-ORIGIN-COUNTRY = <COUNTRY>
X-HK-HK-ACCEPT-INDIVIDUAL-REGISTRATION-TAC = 0 | 1 (0 = No, 1 = Yes) (mandatory, it the registrant is an individual)
X-REGISTRANT-BIRTH-DATE = YYYY-MM-DD (mandatory, if the registrant is an individual)
X-HK-ACCEPT-INDIVIDUAL-REGISTRATION-TAC = 0 | 1 (mandatory if the registrant is an individual)

Domain Transfer

The transfer has to be initiated by the gaining registrar and can be requested with the API TransferDomain command.
A valid Authorization Code must be provided to initiate a transfer successfully. You may obtain the authorization code from the losing registrar.
As soon as a domain transfer has been initiated it can either be approved ("ACK") by Registrar or denied ("NACK") by Registrar. If the registry receives neither a denial ("NACK") nor an approval ("ACK") the transfer will be ACKed after 3 days.

command = TransferDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

REQUIRED

action = REQUEST | APPROVE | DENY | CANCEL | USERTRANSFER
auth = <TEXT>

OPTIONAL

order = CREATE | REPLACE | UPDATE

subuser = <TEXT> | <NULL>
period = <PERIOD>
transferlock = 0 | 1 | <NULL>

Delete Domain

Domains can be deleted with the API DeleteDomain command.
There is a Deletion Restorable Period of 60 days.

command = DeleteDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

Restore Domain

Restores can be processed in realtime. A restore is possible within 60 days upon deletion. Please use the command RestoreDomain.

command = RestoreDomain
domain = (DOMAIN)

OPTIONAL

renewalmode = <NULL> | <TEXT>
subuser = <TEXT>

Ownerchange

In order to change or modify the owner you have to request a trade with the TradeDomain command. This can be done through our web interface or through our API:
REQUIRED

command = TradeDomain
domain = <DOMAIN>
ownercontact0 = <CONTACT>

OPTIONAL

X-HK-REGISTRANT-CHINESE-COMPANY = <TEXT>
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-TYPE = <TEXT> (mandatory, if X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-TYPE is 'OTHIDV' or 'OTHORG')
X-HK-REGISTRANT-OTHER-DOCUMENT-TYPE = <TEXT>
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-NUMBER = <TEXT>
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-ORIGIN-COUNTRY = <COUNTRY>
X-HK-HK-ACCEPT-INDIVIDUAL-REGISTRATION-TAC = 0 | 1 (0 = No, 1 = Yes) (mandatory, it the registrant is an individual)
X-REGISTRANT-BIRTH-DATE = YYYY-MM-DD (mandatory, if the registrant is an individual)
X-HK-ACCEPT-INDIVIDUAL-REGISTRATION-TAC = 0 | 1 (mandatory if the registrant is an individual)

Please attend the TLD specific requirements for an ownerchange mentioned below.

TLD specific

Domain registration

Additional API parameters needed for the registration of .HK domains:

X-HK-REGISTRANT-CHINESE-COMPANY = <TEXT> (optional)

Company name with Chinese characters:
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-TYPE = <TEXT> (mandatory)


Registrant Document Type. Please refer to the possible values below:

    • If the registrant is an individual:
      • HKID - Hong Kong Identity Number
      • OTHID - Other's Country Identity Number
      • PASSNO - Passport No.
      • BIRTHCERT - Birth Certificate
      • OTHIDV - Others Individual Document
    • If the registrant is an organization:
      • BR - Business Registration Certificate
      • CI - Certificate of Incorporation
      • CRS - Certificate of Registration of a School
      • HKSARG - Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Department
      • HKORDINANCE - Ordinance of Hong Kong
      • OTHORG - Others Organization Document


X-HK-REGISTRANT-OTHER-DOCUMENT-TYPE = <TEXT> (mandatory, if X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-TYPE is 'OTHIDV' or 'OTHORG')
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-NUMBER = <TEXT> (mandatory)
X-HK-REGISTRANT-DOCUMENT-ORIGIN-COUNTRY = <COUNTRY> (mandatory)
X-HK-REGISTRANT-BIRTH-DATE = YYYY-MM-DD (mandatory, if the registrant is an individual)
X-HK-ACCEPT-INDIVIDUAL-REGISTRATION-TAC = 0 | 1 (0 = No, 1 = Yes) (mandatory, it the registrant is an individual - For explanations see the paragraph below) 


Additional agreement if the registrant is an individual:

X-HK-ACCEPT-INDIVIDUAL-REGISTRATION-TAC = 0 | 1 (0 = No | 1 = Yes)


The customer is aware that the official .HK registry registration policy requires all individuals to provide identification (i.e. passport numbers) to register a .HK domain. In processing .HK domain registrations through HEXONET, the customer explicitly authorizes HEXONET to transmit this information to the registry on the customer's behalf in the fulfillment of .HK registration policy and the registration of domain names.

The customer in submitting a .HK domain registration through HEXONET explicitly agrees to indemnify HEXONET against any and all liability, loss, damages and legal costs in the transmission of identification information, understanding that HEXONET deletes identification information from all its systems immediately after transmission. The customer understands and accepts that the .HK registry may choose to store identification information along with other registration data on their own accord and completely independent from HEXONET.

Registration of a .COM.HK domain is limited for company's based in Hong Kong. The registration have to be validated with the copy of the business certificate. Please send the business certificate to support@hexonet.net.


Ownerchange

An ownerchange has to be requested via TRADE command. After the TRADE has been started, you will find the so-called TNR number within the command response/object-log for this domain. This number should be placed on the form and the form must be submitted to the address below.

Via Fax:
+49.68416984199

Via e-Mail:
support@hexonet.net

A Transfer Application Letter must be printed on the letterhead, signed by the current AND new owner and contain company stamps of the current OR new owner if applicable and the Tracking Number which can be retrieved within the command response or object log of the TRADE command.

There are different types of Transfer Application Letters depending on whether the new owner is a business or an individual.

CASE 1 - New owner is a business: Organization
CASE 2 - New owner is an individual: Individual

Domain Renewal

Domains can be renewed explicitly with the API RenewDomain command.
Valid Renewal Periods are: 1-3 years / 5 years.

Notification emails from the .HK Registry

The .HK Registry (HKDNR) sends out email notifications upon the renewal of a .HK domain. Three (3) emails are sent to the registrant of the domain upon renewal:

  • HKDNR will send a reminder to the registrant that the payment for the renewal must be made within seven (7) days before the expiration date of the domain.
  • HKDNR will send a notice to the registrant to acknowledge the receipt of the domain name renewal request (this request is made by our renewal system automatically).
  • HKDNR will send a notice to the registrant to acknowledge the successful renewal.


Please note that you don't need to react on these emails.

Our renewal system renews the domains and charges your account at the correct date.

Addons

RegistrarOC

Restore Process

To restore a domain as a RegistrarOC customer, you simply have to execute the RestoreDomain command. HEXONET directly forwards the restore request to the registry, which performs the restore in real-time. As soon as the restore is complete, the domain will get assigned to your account with the original domain data.

Please do not initiate a restore directly at the registry (e.g. using the registrar webinterface). All restore operations must be performed through our system.