Domain Registration and Transferring: .US

Registrations:

There are certain names that are not available for registration. Consistent with ICANN and gTLD procedures, all existing TLDs and two-character country codes are reserved from registration. In addition, the following names are reserved:

  • All domains, of any length, beginning with 18xx, or 1-8xx, or 8xx, where x is any number from 0 to 9 inclusive.

  • All domains beginning with nxx or 1nxx or 1-nxx followed by exactly seven numbers, not including hyphens, where n is any number form 2 to 9 inclusive, and x is any number from 0 to 9 inclusive.

  • All domains beginning with xxxxx, where x is any number from 0 to 9 inclusive.

Examples of reserved names:

  • 1800abc.us

  • 812abc-def.us

  • 1-805-999-9999.us

  • 212-999-9999.us

  • 19009998888.us

  • 1-212—1-2-3-4-5-6-7–.us

  • 20176.us

  • 90210-Melrose.us

Examples of non-reserved names:

  • 18-00bar.us

  • 1111.us

  • yourname.us

  • 1-212-5.us

  • 1-212—1-2-3-4-5-6-7–abc.us

  • 2222.us

Registrations:

Prospective Registrants in the .US TLD must fall in one of three U.S. Nexus categories and must certify that they have a “bona fide presence in the United States.” When registering a .US domain, prospective registrants must indicate their use of the domain by selecting one of the Nexus categories.

Nexus Category 1

A natural person (i) who is a United States citizen, (ii) a permanent resident of the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories, or (iii) whose primary place of domicile is in the United States of America or any of its possessions.

Nexus Category 2

A United States entity or organization that is (i) incorporated within one of the fifty (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).

Nexus Category 3

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 foreign entity, applicant must state country of citizenship.

  • Check from category list, basis for compliance with Nexus requirement – 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.

Transfers:

Before you submit to transfer a domain name to HostPapa, please do the following:

  1. Unlock your domain name at your current registrar.

  2. Obtain an authorization code (Auth Code/EPP Key) from your current registrar.

  3. Ensure that the administrative contact for your domain name has a valid, published email address in the WHOIS database. Our registrar, Tucows, sends an email to the domain name’s administrative contact right after you purchase the transfer. The email contains the verification link and Transfer Key that you’ll need to authorize the transfer in your account with us.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • .US domain names cannot be transferred within the first 60 days after they are created or within 60 days of a previous transfer.

  • Please ensure we have enough time to initiate the domain transfer prior to its expiration/renewal date. Transfers can take up to seven (7) days to complete; it is recommended you make this request at least two (2) weeks prior to your domain’s expiry to ensure your domain does not become non-functional during the transfer.

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