How to Get a .IE Domain: Your Comprehensive Guide

Navigating the world of domain names can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to country-specific domain extensions like .IE for Ireland. Whether you are a registered business, a charity, or an individual, a .IE domain name can be an invaluable asset, projecting a strong connection to Ireland. This guide will walk you through the steps on how to get a .IE domain, the requirements involved, and why SmartHost is your trusted partner in this journey.

Why Choose a .IE Domain?

A .IE domain name serves as a powerful online address that signifies a real connection to Ireland. Not only does it resonate with Irish consumers, but it also helps you rank higher on Google when targeting the Irish market.

› Establish Credibility and Trust

One of the most compelling reasons to opt for a .IE domain is the credibility and trust it instils in your audience. The stringent registration requirements ensure that each domain is tied to a real connection to Ireland. As such, users are more likely to trust websites with a .IE domain extension, knowing that the site has met specific criteria to prove its Irish roots.

Target Irish Consumers Effectively

If your target audience is primarily based in Ireland, a .IE domain name can significantly benefit your marketing efforts. This country-specific domain is a clear indicator to search engines and users alike that your website is directly linked to Ireland, which can lead to higher search engine rankings when consumers in Ireland are searching for your products or services.

› Geographic Appeal

The .IE domain serves as a badge of local identity, making it an excellent choice for businesses and individuals who want to showcase their strong ties to Ireland. It provides a sense of belonging and local pride that other generic domain extensions like .com or .net simply can’t offer.

› Enhanced SEO Benefits

Search engines like Google give additional weight to country-specific domain names when generating search results for a particular geographic location. Therefore, a .IE domain is likely to rank higher in Google searches originating from Ireland, increasing your website’s visibility and click-through rates.

Having a .IE domain could simplify legal and business logistics, especially for registered businesses and government bodies in Ireland. Since the domain confirms your connection to the country, it can act as an additional validation of your business’s legitimacy when dealing with local laws and regulations.

› Competitive Edge

Only a few companies have legal registration to own a .IE domain, which sets you apart from competitors as a unique and valuable asset. Owning such a domain gives your business a competitive advantage by providing an exclusive, recognizable, and memorable online address.

› Express Registration for Returning Customers

For those who have previously registered a .IE domain with SmartHost, the registration process becomes even more straightforward. Your subsequent .IE domains can be automatically approved, saving you time and hassle, and allowing you to focus on what matters: building your online presence.

› Bundled Services with SmartHost

By registering your .IE domain through SmartHost, you not only secure your preferred online address but also gain access to a host of other services. From top-tier web hosting solutions to SSL certificates and WordPress support, SmartHost is your one-stop shop for all your website needs.

Owning a .IE domain is a great way to show your national pride. Whether you’re an Irish citizen, a business catering to the Irish market, or a registered charity focusing on Ireland, a .IE domain is a symbolic way to show your love and commitment to the Emerald Isle.

› The Benefits of Choosing SmartHost

As a fully accredited registrar approved by the IE domain registry, SmartHost offers a wide array of services to meet your digital needs, from web hosting and SSL to WordPress support. Our commitment to customer satisfaction makes us a top choice for individuals and businesses in Ireland.

The Registration Process

Connection to Ireland

The IE domain registry operates a managed registry, meaning every application is vetted to ensure a genuine connection to Ireland. This makes the domain extension highly valuable and trusted.

› Supporting Documentation

To facilitate a smooth registration process, applicants are required to provide just one document to prove their identity and connection to Ireland, such as an Irish passport or a company VAT number. At SmartHost, we accept photos of your supporting documentation, making it convenient for you to ‘snap and send’ via our IE domain registry Document uploader or email them directly to us.

First-Come, First-Served

Domain registrations follow a first-come, first-served policy. Once you submit your application, it remains in the system for 27 days, during which no one else can register that particular domain name.

Express Registration Process

For returning SmartHost customers who already own one or more .IE domains, the application process is even more streamlined. Just provide either your existing Registrant Contact ID or the same email address and registrant type used in the existing registration, and your new domain request will be automatically approved.

For businesses with an active CRO number, simply select the Company application type, enter your CRO number and registrant name, and you’re set.

Other Requirements

For businesses, you can provide JUST ONE of the following to prove your connection to Ireland:

    • RBN/CRO number
    • VAT number
    • Tax clearance certificate from Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners

For individuals, any ONE of the following documents will suffice:

    • Irish Passport
    • Irish/UK driving license
    • Irish/Northern Irish bank statement
    • Official College ID
    • Public Services Card issued by the Department of Social Protection

How to Register with SmartHost

    1. Complete Your Request: Head to our domain registration page, enter your desired domain name, and complete the application process.
    2. Submit Documentation: Use our Document uploader to submit the necessary documentation.
    3. Payment: Pay the registration fee to complete your domain registration.
    4. Transfer Existing Domain names: If you have .IE domains registered with an existing provider, use your domain transfer key to easily transfer them to SmartHost.


Securing a .IE domain name is more than just registering a domain; it’s about creating a trustworthy online presence that appeals to Irish consumers. With SmartHost, you’re not just getting a domain; you’re also gaining a reliable hosting company with a variety of services tailored to your needs.

For more information or assistance, feel free to contact our support team. We are here to help you at every step of your online journey.

Register your .IE domain with SmartHost today and take the first step in establishing a strong Irish digital footprint.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Can anyone get a .IE domain?

No, a .IE domain requires a real connection to Ireland. This could be established through your citizenship, residency, or by having a registered business in Ireland. The registration process involves submitting supporting documentation to prove this connection.

Q. How much do IE domains cost?

.IE domains from SmartHost costs €4.99 plus VAT. This fee covers the registration process and secures your domain name for one year.

Q. How long does it take to register?

The registration timeline can vary depending on the completeness of your application and the supporting documentation provided. Generally, once all required documents are submitted, the process can be completed within 1-2 business days.

Q. What documents are needed for an individual to register?

For individuals, you can submit JUST ONE of the following to prove your connection to Ireland:

    • Irish Passport
    • Irish/UK driving license
    • Irish/Northern Irish bank statement
    • Official College ID
    • Public Services Card issued by the Department of Social Protection

Q. What about businesses? What documents do they need?

For businesses, you need to provide JUST ONE of the following:

    • RBN/CRO number
    • VAT number
    • Tax clearance certificate from Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners

Q. Is SmartHost an accredited registrar?

Yes, SmartHost is a fully accredited registrar approved by the domain registry. We provide comprehensive domain registration services along with web hosting, SSL certificates, and WordPress support.

Q. Can I transfer my existing domain to SmartHost?

Yes, you can transfer your existing .IE to SmartHost. All you need is your domain transfer key from your existing provider to initiate the transfer process.