|  Home

Domains Help

About .cn Domains

CNNIC is the sponsor and is our backend provider for the country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) .cn extension that represents China.

Who can register .cn domains?

Anyone can register .cn, .com.cn, .net.cn, and .org.cn domains on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • .cn — Intended for China businesses or individuals.
  • .com.cn — Intended for commercial entities.
  • .net.cn — Intended for network infrastructures, such as Internet Service Providers.
  • .org.cn — Intended for non profit.

To use .cn domain names for websites or email, you must first activate the domain name through real name validation.

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

Features Availability
Registration Length 1 - 10 years
Renewal Length 1 - 10 years 1
Bulk Registration Supported
Backorders Not Supported
Transfers To Supported 2
Transfers Away Supported 3
Account Change Supported 4
Account Merge Supported 5
Protected Registration Not Supported
Private Registration (DBP) Not Supported
Cashparking Supported
Contact Updates Supported 6
IDN Supported Chinese (only .cn)

For details on refunds, please visit GoDaddy's Refund Policy page. Most domains will follow the Standard Terms, but certain domains will have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. Look under BOTH of the following categories:

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

Failing to activate a .cn domain through real name validation does not extend the refund timeframe beyond 120 hours (5 days) after initial registration.

Custom Nameserver Requirement
Must Use
  • 0-6 Nameservers
Can Use
  • IPv4
  • Unique IP address
Cannot Use
  • IPv6
  • Vanity Nameservers

1 Renewal Restrictions

Days after expiration State
Less than 15 Can be renewed without a fee
15-40 Can be renewed with redemption fee
Greater than 40 Removed from your account

Inactive domains will not have the option to update Auto Renew. To have this function you must first activate the domain name through real name validation, or you may cancel the domain.

2 Transfer In Requirements

Real name validation will need to be completed to activate the domain.

3 Transfers Away Requirements

  • The domain cannot be transferred if domain will expire within 15 days.
  • A domain cannot be transferred for 60 days following a registration.
  • Cannot transfer a domain for 60 days after a transfer.
  • Cannot transfer a domain after a change of registrant for 60 days.
  • 4 Account Change Restrictions

    5 Account Merge Restrictions

      Accounts without .cn domains can be merged into an account with .cn domains, but not the other way around.

    6 Contact Update Restrictions

      If domain has not been activated, contact updates can be made freely.

      If domain has been activated through real name validation, you can only update your registrant organization, first name, and last name by completing real name validation for the new information. Other contact information can be updated freely.

    More Info

    • Want to register a .cn? Search for your domain today.
    • Want to register a .com.cn? Search for your domain today.
    • Want to register a .net.cn? Search for your domain today.
    • Want to register a .org.cn? Search for your domain today.

    Was This Article Helpful?
    Thanks for your feedback. To speak with a customer service representative, please use the support phone number or chat option above.
    Glad we helped! Anything more we can do for you?
    Sorry about that. Tell us what was confusing or why the solution didn’t solve your problem.