Domain names

Domain names

The .tr web name is a ccTLD (country code top-level domain) and the Internet code for Turkey. ccTLD names are two letter domains, such as .tr (for domain name extension in Turkey), .uk (for domain name extension in England), .de (for domain name extension in Germany) and .jp (for domain name extension in Japan), and correspond to a country, territory, or other geographic location. The rules and policies for registering ccTLDs vary significantly and a number of ccTLDs are reserved for use by citizens of the corresponding country.

Turkey with its estimated population of 75.627.384, ranks as the 10th most populous country in Asia and the 3rd most populous country in Europe. Nowadays .tr is the 5th most popular ccTLD (country code top-level domain) used in Asia. There are more than 297.890 such domain names. This means that people like and trust this domain name. You can register your own .tr domain and create a professional web page, a personal website, a blog or an online portal to demonstrate the connection to this region.

The .tr ccTLD (country code top-level domain) registration started in 1990.

A .tr domain name could be one of the best choices for local and international companies wanting to represent their business in Turkey. In Turkey the national language is Turkish. The 6 most popular languages used for websites are English, German, Russian, Spanish, French and Chinese, but you can use any other languages as well. A website with a .tr extension helps you reach your audience easier and also give a professional look to your company. When you targeting this local market with a local domain name, you demonstrate proof of your commitment to the local customers. Along with this, it is much easier to register a short or a common word in a ccTLD (country code top-level domain) than with other more popular domain names like .com or .net.

Domain names allocated by the country code top-level domain name administration Commercial organizations and companies in Turkey Commercial natural persons and legal entities in Turkey Companies and/or institutions giving BBS (bulletin board system) services in Turkey Is reserved for educational institutions in Turkey Is exclusive for the Turkish government and its related official bodies and institutions Educational institutions (elementary and secondary schools) in Turkey Turkish Military agencies Organizations that provide internet services in Turkey Other organizations in Turkey (foundations, non-governmental organizations, etc.) Legal practitioners, law firms in Turkey Personal use of citizens of Republic of Turkey Domain names allocated in connection with the telephone numbers of persons living in Turkey Police Authorities in Turkey Communal organizations of provinces, country and cities in Turkey Personal and company use in Turkey Personal and company use in Turkey Doctors, hospitals in Turkey Commercial organizations and companies in Turkey Turkish military institutions and organizations

The main characteristics criteria of a web name

Your registration will not be accepted if your domain doesn’t follow the below restrictions:

  • For a .tr domain name use only letters, numbers, or dashes "-".
  • A domain name has to begin with a digit and end with a digit.
  • Dashes cannot begin or end your name. Although the character "-" is allowed inside the name, but cannot have two dashes in a row.
  • You can't use symbols (such as ' + . , | ! " £ $ % & / ( ) = ? ^ * ç ° § ; : _ > ] [ @ ), or spaces or stressed vowels (such as à, é, ò, í).
  • The minimum length of a domain name under the top level domain .tr is 2 characters, the maximum length is 63 characters.

Minimum registration interval for .tr domain is 1 year till maximum 5 years. A Turkish domain name can be renewed from one to 5 years with the payment of the respective renewal fee.

Who can register country code top-level domain names in Turkey

The .tr domain name can be registered by companies and individuals.

Companies, which are not actively conducting business in our jurisdiction, can register domain name since no local presence is mandatory. Non – citizens of the Republic of Turkey may register a domain name, there is no need for physical existence.

In compliance with amendments to the policies regarding Turkish domain name registrations effective as from January 4, 2008, foreign applicants shall evidence their business activity in Turkey, at least that they are in business venture to do so or have business relationship with a company which is present in Turkey (distribution agreement etc.). Under the previous Turkish registration procedure it was possible to register a "" third level domain name without having a commercial presence in Turkey. 
Companies that are not based in Turkey can still apply for TLD domain names on the basis of a Turkish trademark registration. Such Turkish trademark may also base on an international trademark, extended to Turkey, and it is necessary that a copy of the Turkish Registration Certificate in the name of the applicant, which should be identical for the domain name and registration and shall be submitted to the Authority. 
Due to this change, it will no more be possible to obtain domain name registration for "", "", "" on basis of Trademark Registration Certificates obtained in foreign countries, but only on the basis of Turkish trademark applications or registration certificates. Also in cases where the domain name is identical with company name, the submission of company register extract shall also be accompanied with documents evidencing its business interest and relationship with a company residing in Turkey.

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