.TEL domain policies

NOTE: See Changes to .TEL DNS Requirements and Hosted Platform

.TEL domains may be pointed to external web hosting, or registrants can use the TELhosting platform to create a simple directory listing page for their business.

Initial usernames and passwords for the TelHosting system are sent to .TEL domain holders by the registry. Any password changes are done directly via the TelHosting platform. Domain holders of completed registrations will automatically receive credentials as soon as the registration of a .TEL domain is completed.

.TEL domain names must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Can be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 63 characters (not including the .tel extension).
  • Can only contain letters, numbers, and hyphens.
  • Can consist of numbers only; however. in this case, the maximum number of characters (including any combination of numbers and hyphens) is 7.
  • Cannot begin or end with a hyphen.
  • Cannot have hyphens as the 3rd and 4th characters.
  • Two-character names cannot be country code top level domains (ccTLDs, such as uk.tel).

Registration details

Registration details can be found in the TLD reference chart

Registrant access to the Telhosting Platform

In order for registrants to access the TelHosting platform and modify their domain name, they are required to visit a registrar-sponsored address (Reseller-level management addresses are not available). The address https://telhosting.opensrs.com is available for this purpose.

Supporting the Telhosting Platform

The registry provides full support for any registrants using the TelHosting platform. All hosting product support requests can be directed to: cservice@telnic.org 


When a domain is transferred in from another registrar, the related telhosting site and DNS details will be reset. If the registrant wants to preserve the content of their .TEL domain, they should export their site from their TelHosting control panel before requesting the transfer. They will then have to import the content once the transfer completes.

As soon as the transfer completes, the username and password for the TelHosting system is sent to the .TEL domain holder from the registry.

Note: Domain names cannot be transferred within the first 60 days after they are created or within 60 days of a previous transfer.


.TEL domains can be renewed prior to their expiry date for one to ten years.

OpenSRS holds a .TEL domain for 40 days after the expiry date. On the 40th day it is deleted from our system and enters into the Redemption Grace Period with the registry.

The Redemption Grace Period lasts for 30 days after which a 60 day lockdown period begins. After the 60 days, the registry makes the domain name available to the general public.


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