Questions? Answers! .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:
  1. 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 possessions, or
  2. 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 territories, or
  3. 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 ten years.