Domains General FAQs
What is .us?
It is the official country code top-level
domain for the United States. Country
codes are two-letter domain extensions
designated by the International Organization
for Standardization for each country.
For example, Canada is .ca, Ireland is
.ie, and the United Kingdom is .uk.
What makes .us unique,
and why do I need it?
.US is the only way to establish a distinctly
American address on the Internet. It allows
U.S. residents, government entities, public
service organizations and businesses to
register a short, memorable domain name,
such as www.janesmith.us, www.publicservice.us,
Individuals can use .us domains for
e-mail or personal web sites. Government
and public interest organizations can
use .us addresses to serve the needs of
Americans. Businesses can use .us domain
names to promote themselves as American
companies and encourage consumers to "buy
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 U.S. can register
a .us domain name. All registrants must
meet the U.S. Nexus Requirements itemized
U.S. Nexus Requirements
All registrants for the .us domain must
- A natural person (i) who is a citizen
or permanent resident of the United
States of America or any of its possessions
or territories or (ii) whose primary
place of domicile is in the United States
of America or any of its possessions,
- 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 (ii) 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
- 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 (the
.us registry) proposal to the Department
of Commerce for details concerning what
constitutes a "bona fide presence."
- See complete Nexus Requirement Document
as a PDF at http://www.neustar.us/policies/docs/ustld_nexus_requirements.pdf
Who is the registry for
Neustar is the registry for the .us domain.
Asia Pacific IT is accredited by Neustar
(http://www.neustar.us) to offer .us domain
I've seen the .us
domain before. Hasn't is been around for
The .us top-level domain was established
in 1985 as the country code top-level
domain for the United States. Previously
names were only available at the third
level and above, as in www.county.arlington.va.us.
Now .us registrations are available at
the second level like the majority of
web addresses. For example: www.johnsmith.us,
www.publicservice.us or www.mycompany.us.
What will happen
to existing .us domain names?
Existing .us registrants (domain name
holders) will retain rights to their existing
third-level webaddresses, such as www.arlington.va.us
What is the difference
between .us and .usa?
.USA and .us are not the same domain.
The .us top level domain is legitimate
and has been authorized by ICANN, the
organization accredited by the US government
to license and regulate domains worldwide.
.USA is a bogus domain, and the Federal
Trade Commission has shut down the operators
of this fraudulent domain.