.US Frequently Asked Questions
This section provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about
the registration of .US domain names.
- What is .US?
.US is the official country code top-level domain
(ccTLD) for the United States within the global domain
name system (DNS).
- What makes .US unique?
- US is the only means to establish an American address
on the Internet. Soon, all U.S. residents, government
entities, public service organizations, and businesses
will be able to establish an American identity on the
Internet with a short memorable domain name. (e.g.,
johnsmith.us, publicservice.us, mycompany.us).
- Market research has shown that .US names will be very
popular with consumers for applications like e-mail,
digital identity, and personal Web sites. Government and
public interest organizations will use .US addresses to
enable citizen-centric e-Gov applications and to serve the
needs of the American people. Businesses will use .US
domain names to promote themselves as American companies
to inspire consumer confidence and to encourage consumers
to "buy American."
- Who can register a .US domain name?
- Any U.S. citizen or resident, as well as any business
or organization, including federal, state, and local
government with a bona fide presence in the United States
can register a .US domain name.
- One of the following eligibility requirements must be met:
- A natural person who is a citizen or 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
- Any entity or organization that is 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
- An entity or organization (including federal, state,
or local government of the United States, or a political
subdivision thereof) that has a bona fide presence in the
United States. See Section B.3.1 of the NeuStar proposal
to the Department of Commerce for details concerning what
constitutes a "bona fide presence."
- More information on the eligibility requirements can
be found here: http://www.neustar.us/policies/docs/ustld_nexus_requirements.pdf.
- How much will renewals cost?
- Renewals will cost US$15/domain/year for a minimum of one and a maximum of