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About .NGO domains

Public Interest Registry (PIR) is the sponsor and Identity Digital is the backend provider for the .NGO extension.

Who can register .NGO domains?

Registration Eligibiliy Requirements (If it is detemined a domain does not meet all these requirements, PIR will delete the registration for failing to meet Elibility Requirments)

  • Focused on acting in the public interest: Whether in support of education or health, the environment or human rights, members of the .NGO community work for the good of humankind and/or the preservation of the planet and do not promote discrimination or bigotry.
  • Non-profit making/non-profit-focused entities:: While many NGOs engage in commercial activities or generate revenue in support of their missions, members of the .NGO community do not recognize profits or retain earnings.
  • Limited government influence*: Recognizing that many NGOs have important interactions with government, not least for reasons of funding (which may include receipt of some government funding in support of their programs), members of the .NGO community decide their own policies, direct their own activities, and are independent of direct government or political control.
  • Independent actors*: Members of the .NGO community should not be political parties nor should be a part of any government. Participation in the work of an .NGO is voluntary.
  • Active Organizations: Members of the .NGO community are actively pursuing their missions on a regular basis.
  • Structured:: Members of the .NGO community act with integrity within the bounds of law.

*PIR has determined that organizations formed under the laws of the People’s Republic of China (or any territory thereof) do not meet the criteria “Limited Government Influence” and “Independent Actors.” Accordingly, prospective registrants from China and its territories should not register .NGOs as they will not meet PIR’s Eligibility Requirements. In the event PIR discovers that a .NGO domain name is registered by an organization organized under the laws of the People’s Republic of China (or any territory thereof), PIR will delete the registration for failing to meet our Eligibility Requirements.

Registration restrictions

When registering a .NGO domain, you must follow specific requirements.

  • Must use: 2-63 characters
  • Can use: Letters (a-z characters), numbers (0-9) and hyphens (except in the 3rd or 4th characters of the domain name)
  • Cannot use: Special characters (e.g., & and #)
  • IDNs: Supported



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Nameserver requirements

  • Must use: 1-13 nameservers
  • Can use: DNSSEC, IPv4, IPV6

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