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As you are all most likely aware already all domain registrars ask for your personal information.

Such personal information includes:

  • Forename and surname
  • Address information
  • Email address
  • Telephone number

Personal information via WHOIS

Depending on the domain type such as TLD or ccTLD this information may become immediately available after the registration of the domain via a simple whois. If you do not want that (and in most cases you certainly don't) they offer a service where you can remove this information from the whois service but of course hiding your personal information adds yearly costs to the domain purchase.

What happens if I use fake details when registering a domain?

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This is an excellent question. –  Troggy Aug 14 '09 at 6:40
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On a related note: Some providers offer (for an extra free) "privacy protected domain registration". What does that mean? –  Thilo Aug 14 '09 at 11:29
    
If you don't feel comfortable using your real address when registering domains, I suggest renting a PO box at your nearest post office and using that instead. –  Guillermo Esteves Aug 14 '09 at 13:25
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Are you asking about legal, ethical, or technical implications? –  hasen j Aug 14 '09 at 16:10
    
Very good question. I wondered the same thing. –  Dimitri C. Sep 11 '09 at 14:22
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ICANN (not the domain registrar) requires that all information in your registration be valid.

If any dispute arises (see the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy rules here) you will be contacted via the means specified in your domain registration. Notice that section 14 of the rules is a section that defines what happens as part of a 'default' (in other words, they can't contact you): They'll proceed with a judgement, and you won't get a say in the proceedings.

ICANN has the power to take a domain from you and give it to somebody else.

So yes, it's important that you include valid information in your registration information.

For a comparison of a what a private domain registration looks like (compared to a regular domain registration) see this comparison: public vs. private.

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Based on this answer; if you enter a valid email address that you can be contacted via, then, I assume, you should be OK –  Baumr Jun 11 '13 at 14:45
    
@Baumr, I wouldn't assume that. AFAIK, a domain registrar has the option of interacting with you via physical (snail) mail. Network Solutions started doing domain registrations that way in the early 1990's and still allows you to update your information that way today: networksolutions.com/support/… –  Dan Esparza Jun 11 '13 at 18:17
    
Here is a recent anecdote that shows how much this matters: jitbit.com/news/… –  Dan Esparza May 23 at 12:41
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Personally, I wouldn't insert false data. Whilst you generally should not have problems, it is usually against the rules of the registrar you are using and for some TLD's, it is against the registry's rules.

If someone chooses to complain (for any reason) and they have no way to find out who owns the record, and they kick up enough fuss, it is possible that either the registrar or the registry will delete the domain.

However, if privacy is important for you, some places offer privacy for free.

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Yes, it matters!

At most registries it is a breach of their contract to supply incorrect information, and if caught they can cancel your domain name.

If the registration is for personal (non-trading) use then some registries (like .uk) offer an opt-out so that personal information is not revealed in the "whois" database. However the registry itself still requires your real information.

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Well, I know this. If you are running a legit business or anything that makes profit, you want to use legit information for all legal reasons.

You are going against the registrars rules also by inserting false information. They could deny you services for violating those terms of use. You are legally purchasing a product that belongs to you and you want to make sure it belongs to you and not "Susie Sue".

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I believe that there is an ICANN reg that requires valid information for domain registrations. ICANN requests that registrars reverify the domain registration information periodically. Thus it is possible that you could suddenly find your domain to be inaccessible at some point if invalid information is used.

As you indicate, if you wish to keep your identity out of whois and such, various registrars offer a 'proxy' method of hiding your information. This service is generally not free and cost varies from registrar to registrar.

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Just because GoDaddy and a few other shady registrars charge money for not giving out your private info doesn't mean this is the norm. All of the following registrars provide free private registration: DreamHost, 1and1, Names.com. Namescheap, Gandi.net, etc. –  Lèse majesté Feb 15 '13 at 1:25
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Use private registration to avoid spam and any obvious ties to your organization.

This also lets you register and run a site like www.DirtyNastyOMGMyMotherWouldKillMeIfSheKnewIRanThisSite.com and not be the obvious owner while you work at www.KittensAndBunnyRabbitsForGoodHomes.com.

See GoDaddy's Private Registration

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It is illegal to provide false information when registering a domain name. The Intellectual Property Protection and Courts Amendments Act of 2004 makes it illegal, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c108%3A5%3A./temp/~c108ZA4CCY::

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Can you provide a specific quote where it is illegal by itself and not as an aggravation? –  Bender Sep 25 '09 at 23:33
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"is not possible to provide false information when you are going to register your domain" on which planet? If you are registering a .co.uk it is possible to choose to opt out of the public dissemination of your your details for free. As others have said, for instances where you are a bona fide company it makes more sense to publicly acknowledge your ownership of a domain. If you have valid reasons (and there are many) to retain your privacy, the annual fee for so doing is small. The net is chock-a-block with fraudulent or misleading registration details. The desire to avoid spam is not a good enough reason to fabricate an identity. If the purpose of your domain registration is legit, be out and proud! If it might cause embarrassment or itching, cough up the privacy fee.

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Though we can't suggest you to give false information on registration, you can still get away with it can done finishing registration. But the problem only arises when some body claims your domain and if you want claim your domain in the future if controversy arisies is difficult to prove your ownership of that domain. In major numbers of registrants they don't care about your genuine information they take what ever you enter.

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