ES TLD Registration help!
October 17, 2011 9:39 AM   Subscribe

How can a US citizen register a .ES domain?

My last name ends in "es" and I am very intent on registering the domain hack for it which means that I need a ".es" TLD.

Since this is a spannish TLD, I have run into problems completing this process because they seem to require you either be a citizen of spain or have a business in spain.

Now considering I have neither of those I am at an impass.

Does anyone know how I can get around this?

Is there a quick and dirty way to set up a small business to get a VAT number (from what I have read this is seems to be a big no)? Is there some registrar I can pay a fee to that will bypass this?
posted by iz0rz to Technology (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I bought one from once without any spanish citizenship, business, etc. it was 18 EUR excluding VAT, this was in 2007 so things may have changed (I'm looking at the receipt), but I just checked the website it at least lets me add .es domains to my cart and puts a little flag there that means "No Restrictions".
posted by jeb at 9:56 AM on October 17, 2011 [1 favorite]

Estonia (.ee) has a similar requirement, but some of the registrars get around that by having their own lawyer register it for you. It might be a service you'll be able to find at one of the registrars.
posted by jangie at 10:18 AM on October 17, 2011

I was able to buy an .es domain from a few years ago. They asked no questions and I have no connection to Europe. Perhaps things have changed?
posted by maulik at 11:32 AM on October 17, 2011

Best answer: I used to buy a .es domain a couple of weeks ago, after my normal registrar insisted on proof of Spanish something or other (I'm in Europe but not Spain). No problems at all.
posted by Hogshead at 12:41 PM on October 17, 2011

I also have a last name that ends in "es", and I'm not a citizen of Spain and don't have a business there. I've had my domain registered through for several years, so it's definitely possible.

However it was about 10 USD more than what jeb's link is quoting, so I'm bookmarking them for next year's renewal.
posted by absent handed at 12:42 PM on October 17, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks everyone! worked when about 20 others failed.
posted by iz0rz at 4:06 PM on October 17, 2011

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