How to Determine Who Owns a Domain Name

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization that authorizes registrars to issue or assign domain names to public. A registrant is the person or entity who is considered to be the domain name owner authorized to make or request for changes to be made in vital information related to domain name. It is, therefore, critically important to know the “owner” registrant of a domain name and also the person or entity having administrative, billing and technical rights related to domain.

Why is Determining a Domain Name Registrant Important?

Determining a domain name registrant is important for many reasons:

  • The lookup can verify that the registrant details of your personal domains are properly entered. If they are not, you may miss renewal notices, purchase offers, partnership requests and the like.
  • If you are interested in making an offer on an already registered domain name, you can easily lookup contact information, such as the owner’s name, mailing address, email address and telephone number.
  • If you are tying to protect your personal information, a lookup can tell you if the privacy controls you’ve put in place are actually in effect.

What is the Process to Lookup Domain Name Details?

The domain name registration process has been engineered in a very transparent way. Everybody has an open access to obtain information about domain name registrant and the ownership of a domain by just clicking on certain informative links. It also helps in keeping a track of domain name expiry dates and the start date of registration.

The WHOIS Lookup

“WHOIS” is the utility that is used to check or find out the information about a domain name. This gives not only the information of the registrant but also the administrative contact, billing contact, technical contact, domain expiration date and original registration date.

To find the domain name owner information, there are a few very simple and easy steps to follow by using the internet:

  • To check the domain name registrant information simply visit the website such as or web solution providers website like GoDaddy or
  • Type in the exact web address or complete domain name of the website you are seeking information for.
  • With a click or two (you might have to prove you’re not a robot), you’ll have the full registrant details.

Verify the Details

You can verify the details given about the domain name. If you find any information incomplete or incorrect, you may initiate a request to the domain registrar to make changes. Sometimes, if the information is not completely available, as many registrars or individuals do not want to share their information completely, you may specifically visit the registrar’s website and find information.

A WHOIS Example

Now, here is a practical illustration of how to determine who owns a domain name. We will take the example of as an example website and let us explore as who owns this domain.

Step 1: Begin the WHOIS lookup

Visit a WHOIS lookup service. You can use or, in our case, and “Enter Domain Name for WHOIS Lookup”:


Step 2: Perform the CAPTCHA entry


Step 3: The privacy paragraph


Step 4: Domain name registrant information available


Step 5: Some more registrant information, domain server information, domain name record information


WHOIS performs the required task efficiently, however, at the same time it should be noted that the information available may be exploited or utilized for spam and other purposes. You may end up receiving emails and unnecessary information from different resources and start filling up your inbox. To get rid of this problem, there are certain tools to help protect your privacy.

As in the case of, we are able to see only limited information about the actual owner as the information is camouflaged through a privacy protection service called domain name privacy. Many domain name registrars offer domain privacy to mask the actual information of the domain owner. The privacy feature helps display third party information to safeguard your personal information from publically available information. Personal information is collected by the registrar and is accessible only on request by following certain privacy rules and regulations.

To Summarize

  • Domain name registrant information is available and useful for many reasons
  • The domain name registrant information can be obtained through a WHOIS lookup
  • Your personal information can be protected through a service called domain privacy

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8 Responses to “How to Determine Who Owns a Domain Name”

  1. James says:

    Nice article, but if you are a domainer, then main thing you should care about is your time. Use services like and they will automatically send your email to the domain name registrant/owner.

    @Minh most privacy companies forward your email to the domain name owner.

  2. Kamran says:

    It’s always complex thing for me. You have shared such a nice information thanks your so much for the effort. You just drop me out of complex things.

  3. Minh says:

    Some domain like that I can’t use whois lookup to ..

    How do i know which company they used to protect domain privacy

    1. You can do a whois lookup at

      Then send an email to the “Admin Email” address listed. Hopefully the privacy service will forward your request.

      If that fails or in addition to that option, you can use the contact information/form on the website.

      And if that doesn’t work you buy access to DomainTools’ “whois history” tool ( to find out the email address that was associated with the domain name prior to the domain name being placed under privacy protection.

      Good luck.

  4. I use for all my whois lookups. It’s a company called Domain Tools. Cool service. Worth a look at.

  5. Great tutorial on how to do this!

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