The .GOV Domain

Registered Domains
N/A
.gov is a
gTLD
Generic Top-level Domain
The main Language used
English
Register .GOV as
Individual
Company
gov
Active
Since 1985
Domain For
US Government
Domain Registration term in years
1-10
Domain Character Limit
3-63
Domain Registration
N/A

Global Statistics

Most popular Languages on the Web
4.7%
6.3%
5.7%
54.8%
English 54.8%
German 6.3%
Russian 5.7%
Spanish 4.7%
Most popular Domains on the Web
246 million domain names registered globally
.NET 6.0%
.ORG 4.2%
.DE
6.1%
.COM
43%

Top .gov websites

Global 127.
nih.gov
Global 426.
state.gov
Global 794.
ca.gov
Global 1,011.
nasa.gov

About .gov

What is .gov?

The .gov domain name is the generic top-level domain (gTLD) for US Government.
The .gov has been around and gaining popularity since 1985.

Who can register .gov domain?

There is no information who can register .gov domain.

Why is it good to choose a domain name with a .gov extension?

At .gov gTLD (generic top-level domain) the primary used language is English. English is the 1st most used website language in the world.

What kind of characters can be used in a domain name and how long can it be?

When choosing a domain name always remember the following restrictions:
The .gov domain name can contain the English-language letters A through Z, the digits 0 through 9 and dashes (-).
A domain name may begin with a digit and end with a digit.
Hyphens cannot start or end your domain name. A .gov name can not contain hyphens in the third and fourth positions (e.g. www.ab- -cd.gov).
It can’t contain stressed vowels (such as à, é, ò, í) or other special characters or space.
The minimum length of a web name under the top level domain .gov is 3 characters, the maximum length is 63 characters.
Your registration will not be accepted if your domain doesn’t follow the above limitations.

Domain name registration term allowance:

The .gov domain name can be registered 1 to 10 years at a time.
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