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API commands

Please find in the following a set of the most commonly used standard API commands in order to register, modify, renew, and transfer a domain name.

Domain Registration

(API Command reference » AddDomain)
command                     = AddDomain
domain                      = yourdomain.abogado
period                      = (INT)
ownercontact0               = (CONTACT)
admincontact0               = (CONTACT)
techcontact0                = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0             = (CONTACT)
nameserver0                 = (NAMESERVER)
nameserver1                 = (NAMESERVER)

If a parameter is not specified or not filled in the correct form, the registration will fail. After a successful registration of the domain, it will be transfer locked from the registry for a period of 60 days.
The registration of a .abogado domain is processed in non real-time. The domain information will be verified by a third-party organization before the domain is finally activated.

Revised Verification Process: So far, applicants for a .abogado domain had to first apply for their desired domain and complete a verification process before the name has been assigned to them. Now the verification process will occur after registration. Under this approach the domain name is provisionally delegated to the registrant. The registrant will still be required to complete the information for verification but will no longer have to wait until verification is complete to use the domain name. Applicants that fail the verification process will have their domain withdrawn, therefore it might be useful to wait until verification is confirmed before putting a site live. Verification typically takes around 1-2 business days. Further information on the revised verification process can be found on the registry website http://nic.law/qa/.

Domain Modification

(API Command reference » ModifyDomain)
command = ModifyDomain
domain  = yourdomain.abogado

Domain Renewal

(API Command reference » RenewDomain)
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.abogado
period     = (INT)
expiration = (INT)

Domain Deletion

(API Command reference » DeleteDomain)
COMMAND = DeleteDomain
DOMAIN = yourdomain.abogado

Domain Transfer

(API Command reference » TransferDomain)
command = TransferDomain
domain = yourdomain.abogado
action = REQUEST
auth = (TEXT)

Transfer procedure

  • The transfer is submitted to the registry and the losing registrar is automatically notified by them.
  • The losing registrar sends an email to the owner (and optionally admin) contact, informing about the transfer; this may include options to approve and/or deny the transfer. If neither explicitly approved nor denied, the transfer will be automatically finalized after 5 days.

Transfer notes

  • A .abogado domain transfer must be initiated with a so-called authorisation code, (auth-code) which can be obtained from the current registrar through the owner/admin contact of the domain.
  • Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (clientTransferProhibited and/or serverTransferProhibited). This can be seen in WHOIS.
  • If the domain has a client-side transfer lock, the owner can ask the current registrar to have the lock removed.

These procedures only apply for domain transfers between registrars. For internal transfers between resellers, please consult our documentation about internal transfers/usertransfers.

Domain Restore

(API Command reference » RestoreDomain)
command = RestoreDomain
domain  = yourdomain.abogado

Domain Extensions

X-ALLOCATION-TOKENProvide a token that has to be issued by the registry for the registration of a premium domain name.

Domain Restrictions

  • RNH acknowledges and agrees that Validation Agent may contact the Registrant directly for validation purposes.
  • Registration in the .law and .abogado TLDs is restricted to accredited lawyers as validated by an agent, which shall be appointed from time to time by the Registry(“Validation Agent”).
  • RNH must provide additional data as necessary to facilitate validation (“Validation Data”). Validation Data must be provided as requested from time to time by the Registry.
  • RNH certifies, prior to Registration that RNH is qualified to register the domain and that all provided information is true and accurate.
  • RNH acknowledges and agrees that providing false information may lead to the deletion of their registration on all Registry TLDs including, but not limited to, .law and .abogado.
  • Registrants acknowledge and agree, that there is a „Validation Fee“ to pay for getting Validated as legal professional.
  • Validation fees are non-refundable and are billed upon registration of the domain (included in the registration fee) and after every annual renewal (included in the renewal fee).
  • Expanded Eligibility: The registry has expanded the .law & .abogado eligibility policy and will now allow Authorized Legal Institutions (i.e., law firms, law schools, legal regulators such as bar associations, and courts of law), subject to verification, to register a .law or .abogado domain. Further information on eligibility can be found on the registry website http://nic.law/eligibilitycriteria/.

Supported IDN Scripts

The following IDN scripts are supported by .abogado.
Provide the LANGUAGE TAG corresponding to your desired IDN within the AddDomain command as X-IDN-LANGUAGE extension.


Get more information of "IDN tables", which represent permitted code points (letters) allowed for Internationalised Domain Name registrations in particular registries on IANA Repository of IDN Practices.

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