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About .XXX Domain Names

ICM Registry is the sponsor and Afilias is the backend provider for the .XXX extension.

Who can register .XXX domains?

The .XXX top-level domain name provides an easily identifiable extension for the adult entertainment industry, its consumers, and those who want to avoid it.

Community Members

After you register a .XXX domain name, you must complete the ICM Registry's free membership application process before your domain name can resolve to the internet. Within 24 hours of purchasing a .XXX domain name, the registry will email you information to complete this process. The registry might request additional documentation to validate the membership. After the registry validates the membership, you must submit your membership credentials (ID) to us.

Once you have a membership ID, you can use it for all .XXX domain names you register. You do not need a separate membership ID for each .XXX domain name.

Important Notice: For general information on how to manage your Membership ID, see "Managing Your .XXX Membership ID" under the "More Info" section below. If you should lose or forget your membership ID, log in to the ICM Registry website as a member to recover it.

Non-Members (Defensive Registrations)

Applicants outside the sponsored adult entertainment community can purchase defensive registrations to block domain names from becoming .XXX domain names on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants with defensive registrations must pay to register the domain names but are not required to complete the ICM Registry's membership application process. Instead, the registry places those domain names on non-resolving nameservers.

Registration Restrictions
Must Use
  • 1-63 Characters
Can Use
  • Letters: a-z
  • Numbers: 0-9
  • Hyphens (except in the 3rd or 4th characters of the domain name)
Cannot Use
  • Special Characters (e.g., & and #)

Features Availability
Registration Length 1-10 years
Renewal Length 1-10 years
Bulk Registration Supported
Backorders Not Supported
Transfers To Supported
Transfers Away Supported
Account Change Supported
Protected Registration Not Supported
Private Registration (DBP) Supported
ConsoliDate Not Supported
Cashparking Supported
Contact Updates Supported
IDNs Supported

Nameserver Requirements
Must Use
  • 1-13 Nameservers
  • You can use any valid nameservers with .XXX domain names. If you have a defensive registration to block a domain name from becoming an .XXX domain name or you have purchased your .XXX domain during the Sunrise B phase, you cannot manage your domain nameservers.
Can Use
  • DNSSEC
  • IPv6
  • Vanity Nameservers

Renewals

Your .XXX domain name renews on its expiration date. Auto-renewal is attempted on the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt renewal 5 days later and again 7 days after that.

If we cannot auto-renew the domain name and you do not manually renew it by the 12th day after the expiration date, it must be redeemed. There might be a fee for the redemption. For more information, see recovering expired domains names.

Refund Details

For details on refunds, please visit GoDaddy's Refund Policy page. Most domains will follow the STANDARD REFUND TERMS, but certain domains will have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. So also take a look under:

  • PRODUCTS WITH SPECIAL REFUND TERMS > Domain Name Registrations/Renewals
  • PRODUCTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REFUNDS

More Info

  • Want to register a .XXX domain? Search for your domain today.
  • Managing Your .XXX Membership ID
    1. Log in to your My Products page.
    2. If you aren't automatically directed there, make sure to select the My Products tab:
    3. My products tab

    4. Click Manage All:
    5. Manage All

    6. You must be in the Advanced List view of your account in order to view an appraisal. In the upper right corner, choose Advanced List view:
    7. Advanced list view icon
    8. Check the box to the left of the .XXX domain you want to manage.
    9. From the Contacts menu, select .XXX Membership ID Settings.
    10. Do one of the following:
      • If you haven't associated your Membership IDs with your account, enter a vaild .XXX Membership ID provided by the ICM registry.
      • If you have associated your Membership IDs with your account, select the option you want to use.
    11. Click OK.

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