• Burak Ozdagistanli


Middle East Technical University (“METU”) has managed the administration and registration of ".tr" domain names for many years in Turkey by means of Nic.tr system. On December 21, 2018, METU transferred its authorization of Registry regarding “.tr” domain names to Information and Communication Technologies Authority (“ICTA”) by signing a protocol. Under the Protocol, Nic.TR system shall shut down and .tr Network Information System (“TRABIS”) shall come into action. Also, TRABİS will be activated following the announcement by ICTA.

Until TRABİS is activated, Registrars will carry out the domain names transactions. One of these Registrars is METUnic established by METU on March 14, 2019, in order to pursue the Registrar function of Nic.tr. As of March 23, 2020, the number of Registrars including METUnic is 20 in total.

The persons who will allocate new domain names and renew their existing domain names must carry out their transactions through METUnic or other Registrars since NicTR was shut down to registrations and renewals on March 23, 2020. In this context, owners of internet domain names should transfer their domain names to METUnic or other Registrars in order not to experience any interruptions regarding their transactions. The related persons can transfer their domain names registered in Nic.tr to METUnic or other Registrars by submitting “Contact Change Approval Form” or by using online transfer page which is available on Nic.TR. All transfer transactions are taken online on website of Nic.tr.

The owners of internet domain names should particularly pay attention that domain names that are not transferred to any Registrars can only be used until the payment due date and cannot be renewed later. In this regard, the transfer to any Registrar is mandatory.

DNS Change, Contact Change and Owner Information Update transactions will continue to be made through Nic.TR until TRABİS is activated. NicTR system will be accessible until TRABİS is activated and it will be closed together with the activation of TRABİS. After TRABİS is activated, the Registrars pursue their transactions through TRABIS.

Briefly, even if TRABİS has not been activated yet, the owners of domain names should transfer their domain names to one of Registrars.

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