How can a just formed legal entity (a company XYZ) buy an internet domain (e.g. www.xyz.com)?

It has to be a human doing that. When I have checked the forms to fill in, they always ask for first name and last name of the owner of the internet domain.

Is the solution that a human buys it on themselves, sells it to the company and the XYZ company announces the change to the internet domain provider?

Thank you.

3 Answers 3


The same way any company acts

Companies are legal entities that act through agents. The agents declare they act on behalf of the company, and with the backing of the company do the bidding of the company's directors.

Practical thing: by telling them you are a company of course!

When I ask the german registry "Strato" I can chose either "private entity" or "company". In the latter case, I add the company name and tax ID in addition to the designated agent's name and the company address, as the following picture shows:

Strato website fields, after swapping to company registration

Most websites selling domains offer a similar field. If not, you will need to contact their customer support.


ICANN (the authority that regulates domain name registration) maintains the WHOIS standard, and all domain registrars (where you buy a domain) have to follow it.

The WHOIS Standard has for a field for both Name and Organization :

Registrant Organization: EXAMPLE ORGANIZATION

Foot-note n°4 has this to say about those fields.

For the Registrant, Admin and Tech contact fields requiring a "Name" or "Organization", the output must include either the name or organization (or both, if available).

For registration purposes (this is different from the commercial purposes where the answer from Trish would apply) they can do both (using an agent name) or either


How you inform the registrar that the domain is owned by a company is a practical issue and therefore off-topic for this site.

From the legal perspective, all companies ultimately have to act via a natural person.

In , the applicable rule is found in Section 43(1) of the Companies Act 2006:

Under the law of England and Wales or Northern Ireland a contract may be made—

(a) by a company, by writing under its common seal, or

(b) on behalf of a company, by a person acting under its authority, express or implied.

"Express" authority to enter into contracts is derived from the company's constitution which sets out the powers and limitations of the directors (including any power to delegate authority to other people). Note however that the other party to the contract, if they acted in good faith, can rely on the contract even if the person purporting to act on the company's behalf was not authorised to do so. This rule is found in Section 40.

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