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Requirements for Registering A .US Domain

Prospective Registrants in the .us TLD must fall into at least one of three categories and must certify that they have a “bona fide presence in the United States.” By agreeing to the policies of the registry, Registrants agree that they meet at least one of the requirements below.

Category one
A natural person who is a United States citizen, a permanent resident of the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories, or whose primary place of domicile is in the United States of America or any of its possessions.

Category two
A United States entity or organization that is incorporated within one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States possessions or territories or organized, or otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia or any of its possessions or (including a federal, state, or local government of the United States, or a political subdivision thereof, and unincorporated organizations based in the United States).

Category three
An entity or organization (including a federal, state, or local government of the United States, or a political subdivision thereof) that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories.

  • If a foreign entity, the applicant must state the country of citizenship.
  • Regularly sells goods in the United States; regularly provides services in the United States; regularly engages in business activities, trade or other business (commercial or non-commercial including not-for-profit) relations in the United States.
  • Maintains an office or other property within the United States.

The registry operator conducts weekly random checks for .US requirements.  They select a small sample of new registrations and send the selected registrants a confirmation email. Each selected registrant has 30 days to respond to the confirmation email. If the registrant fails to respond, the registry operator will attempt a second contact. If there is no response to the second contact, the registry operator will delete the domain name. The registry operator does not refund registration fees for deleted names.

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