Go .gov

All U.S. government websites should end in .gov.

Source: dotgov.gov

Why

A .gov domain verifies a website belongs to an official United States government organization.

Who

Only U.S.-based government and public sector organizations are eligible to obtain a .gov domain, including any:

  • federal, state, local, or territorial government entity, or other publicly controlled entity
  • tribal government recognized by the federal government or a state government

What

The DotGov program is the service where U.S. federal and local government entities can obtain and manage .gov domains. The program is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

How

  1. Complete and submit your authorization letter.
  2. DotGov will review, verify and create .gov registrar accounts for each point of contact.
  3. Point of contacts login to set up DotGov accounts (one POC must complete the online domain request form).
  4. DotGov will review/approve your request.

FAQs

.gov domains are free to all U.S. based government entities.

Commercial purposes. A .gov domain must not be used for commercial purposes, such as advertising benefitting private individuals or entities. Political campaigns. A .gov domain must not be used for political campaign purposes. Illegal content. A .gov domain must not be used to distribute or promote material whose distribution violates applicable law. Malicious cyber activity. .gov is a trusted and safe space. .gov domains must not distribute malware, host open redirects, or otherwise engage in malicious cyber activity.