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About .co.za Domains

The .co.za country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) is an extension that represents the Republic of South Africa.

Domain names can be up to 63 characters, with a minimum of one character, and can contain letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9), and hyphens (except at the beginning or end of the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #.

You cannot register .co.za domain names explicitly for resale. However, they can be sold and transferred.

Features Availability
Who can register? Anyone
Registration length 1 year
Renewal length 1 year
Renewal restrictions Details below1
Nameserver requirements Details below2
Transfers to GoWebsite Supported (details below)3
Transfers away Supported (details below)4
Private registration Supported
Protected registration Supported
Backorders Not supported
Bulk registration Supported
Account change Not supported
Contact updates Supported (details below)5
IDNs Not supported
Expiration/redemption Please contact customer support
Refund policy See below6
Registry ZADNA

Details

1 Renewal restrictions

Your .co.za domain name must be renewed at least 2 days prior to expiration to avoid a $75 redemption fee and downtime. If you do not pay the fee, the renewal fails before its expiration date and the domain will be parked and locked upon expiration.

You can renew your .co.za domain name at any time prior to this as long as the remaining term is less than one year, and the new registration term does not exceed two years.

2 Nameserver requirements

Nameserver features Details
IPv4 Supported
IPv6 Supported
DNSSEC Not supported
Minimum # of nameservers 2
Maximum # of nameservers 13
Number required to resolve 2
  • Authoritative nameservers (nameservers that return answers only to queries about domain names that have been specifically configured by the administrator) are required by the registry.
  • If you want to register a .ZA domain name with GoWebsite and use our nameservers, we will handle this process for you.
  • If you want to use your own nameservers, you must set them up before you register or update the domain name. You must also ensure that they are resolving properly before you assign them to the domain name in our system.
  • 1-5 IPs are allowed per nameserver.
  • Child nameservers require an IP address.
  • Child host nameservers cannot be removed unless you delete the parent domain and then they will be deleted along with it.
  • Max length of a nameserver is 186 characters (not including the parent domain name).

Nameserver updates can take 5 - 7 business days to process, during which time the domain will be locked. Errors will occur when attempting to update other domain information during this time, such as contact information, etc.

3 Transfers-In requirements

The 60-day lock does not apply to .co.za domain names.

A co.za domain name cannot be transfered within the first 7 days following registration.

4 Transfers-Away requirements

You must contact customer support to request an authorization code in order to complete a transfer to another registrar.

If the transfer is not accepted in 5 days, the .co.za transfer will fail.

A co.za domain name cannot be transfered within the first 7 days following registration.

5 Contact update requirements

Contact information updates can take 5 - 7 business days to process, during which time the domain will be locked. Errors will occur when attempting to update other domain information during this time, such as nameserver changes, etc.

6 Refund policy

For details on refunds, please visit GoWebsite's Refund Policy page and look under BOTH of the following categories:

  • Products with Special Refund Terms (look under Domain Name Registrations/Renewals)
  • Products Not Eligible for Refunds

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