How to apply for the Individual Registrant Privacy Option

The Individual Registrant Privacy Option (IRPO) is for individual registrants that are not using the domain name for significant trade.

If you wish to apply IRPO to your domain name registration, you will need to contact your .nz domain name provider. If you are unsure who your domain name provider is, you can use the .nz WHOIS service, available here.

To do so, type in your domain name in the search bar and find the name of your .nz domain name provider in the .nz registration record.

From 28 March 2018 all .nz Authorised Registrars (domain name providers) were required to provide registrants with the Individual Registrant Privacy Option. A list of Registrars who are offering IRPO is available here:

Individual registrants of .nz domain names who opt to use to the IRPO will still need to provide true and correct registration details, including email, phone and address contact information. All .nz policies still apply to registrants who have requested IRPO.

The Domain Name Commission will not pre-determine if a domain name registration is eligible for IRPO. It is up to the Registrant to declare that they are not operating in significant trade. Any removal of IRPO by the Domain Name Commission for breaching this policy will be preceded by email notification to the registrant.  

Under .nz domain name policy, some entities will have the ability to potentially access withheld information. More information regarding this, as well as a list of which entities have entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU's) with the Domain Name Commission, will be published once the MOU's have been signed.

If you believe that the registrant of .nz domain name is breaching .nz policies that surround the use of the IRPO, we encourage you to tell us by sending an email to

An example of a domain name with IRPO applied can be found below:

IRPO Example