How your contact information is used to register your domain

Understanding public versus private domain registration

When you purchase a domain name, you provide contact information (your name, address, email, phone number) to register the domain. This information is required by ICANN, the international non-profit corporation that oversees the assignment of domain names. It’s also used by Google Domains to contact you if there’s a problem with your domain, so the information needs to be valid.

When you purchase your domain with business email powered by G Suite, you can choose how your contact information is displayed in the public WHOIS directory. Anyone can access the WHOIS directory to see the contact information for a particular domain. The two registration options are:

Option 1: Private registration

With private registration, your contact information for your domain isn’t included in the public WHOIS directory. If someone searches WHOIS for your domain, they’ll see contact information provided by third-party privacy provider. Your contact information is not displayed.  

Your purchase includes the option for private registration at no additional cost. See more about private registration

Option 2: Public Registration

With public registration, your contact information for your domain is available in the public WHOIS directory. Anyone can access the directory to see the owner and their contact information (name, address, email, phone number) for a particular domain.

How to privately register your domain

When you register your domain with your business email purchase, you can choose to keep your contact information private by clicking Make domain contact information private under Privacy settings.  Also, after you purchase your domain, you can turn private registration on or off.

If you don't see this option, then your domain has an ending such as .us or that doesn’t support private registration.

Domains that don’t allow private registration

Domains with these endings do not allow private registration. Your registration information is publicly available in WHOIS.

  • .CO.IN
  • .CO.NZ
  • .CO.UK
  • .IN
  • .US

About .CO.UK domains: Nominet, which oversees .UK  domain names, requires accurate contact details for all domains. Nominet allows some non-commercial domain owners to opt-out of publicly displaying their contact information in WHOIS. If you meet the qualifications, you can create an account at Nominet and follow instructions to opt-out.

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