FAQ: Fees for New Members
- I want to become an LIR. How much does it cost? →
The cost of becoming an LIR depends on the time of year in which your application is processed. For example, if your organisation applies for membership in the second quarter, you will pay three-quarters of the annual service fee. If your organisation applies for membership in the fourth quarter, you will pay only a quarter of the annual service fee.
Dutch members and members from elsewhere in the EU without VAT numbers will be charged 19% Dutch VAT on top of the service fee. From October 2012, the Dutch VAT rate will increase from 19% to 21%. See question four for more details.
All new members also pay a one-time sign-up fee of € 2,000. You will be charged for this on your first invoice.
For a detailed overview of the costs involved in becoming a member, please see the and the RIPE NCC Billing Procedure and Fee Schedule.
Please note: The RIPE NCC will reach the last /8 of IPv4 address space in the coming months. This may affect the amount of address space assigned or allocated. When the RIPE NCC starts allocating IPv4 address space from the last /8, no new IPv4 Provider Independent (PI) space will be assigned.
- What is included in the sign-up fee? →
- Do I have to pay VAT? →
The following VAT rules apply for service fees:
- Non-EU members: No VAT in the Netherlands
- EU members with a VAT number: No VAT in the Netherlands (VAT is taxable in the country of origin of the member)
- EU members without a VAT number: VAT taxable in the Netherlands (19% VAT)
- Dutch members: VAT taxable in the Netherlands (19% VAT)
We validate each VAT number with the Dutch tax authorities. We charge 19% (Dutch) VAT if the number is not validated by the Dutch tax authorities.
From October 2012, the Dutch VAT rate will increase from 19% to 21%.
- How do I pay invoices from the RIPE NCC? →
We will send you the invoice by postal mail and by email in .pdf format.
- Your payment must be in Euros (EUR).
- We do not accept cheques.
Paying by Bank Transfer
Please make sure that you mention your payment reference (this means the customer number and your invoice number). It will help us to process your payment if you also mention your RegID with the payment reference.
Credit Card Payments
All invoices sent by email (in .pdf format) include a unique payment URL. If you click on this when you are online, a payment screen will open. You can make a credit card payment using American Express, Master Card or VISA. All credit card payments are secure.
- I have paid an invoice but you say that it is still outstanding. What happened? →
We may have been unable to identify your payment. To help us identify your payment, please send us proof that you made the payment. You can send this by fax to
+31 20 535 4445 or by email to billing _at_ ripe _dot_ net.
Please make sure that you include your RegID in your fax or email.
- I have not paid an invoice on time. What will happen? →
If you do not pay the first invoice, we will send you up to three reminders (after 30 days, 60 days and 90 days). This has no financial consequences for you. However, non-payment will delay the set up of your membership as the LIR membership for your company will only start when we receive your signed paperwork and initial payment. If the invoice remains unpaid, we will stop your application.
- Can I pay the fees in installments? →
We usually send an annual bill, however we can send half-yearly or quarterly invoices. You can tell us how you want to pay when you fill in your application form.
When you ask us to let you pay by installments, it will apply from the next bill that we send.