Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Procedure for .gov.ng Domain Registration

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has released on its website the guidelines/procedure for the registration of .gov.ng domain names. Registering relevant domain names are often determined by some factors.

The domain must be simple, memorable, available, and so on. Another factor that is very vital is the right to register the domain name. Top Level Domains (TLDs) are categorized based on the content or purpose of the website.

For commercial and regulation purpose .ng Registry from inception created TLDs zones on second level and classified them as closed and open domain names. .gov.ng falls under closed domain which means, to register a .gov.ng, approval from government agency must be provided and verified by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Detailed guidelines on the procedure for .gov.ng domain names has been published on https://nitda.gov.ng/gov-ng-domain-registration/

 All registrants interested in .gov.ng registration are advised to read the guidelines.

All websites/portal of government constituents at all levels (Federal, State, and Local governments) or specialized projects of government that would last for 18 months or more are required to register on .GOV.NG zone.

NOTE: There are two ways to register a .GOV.NG domain name. You can either send a written application to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) or Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) through NiRA Accredited registrars.

Registration through a NiRA accredited Registrar

To register a .GOV.NG domain name through a NiRA accredited registrar, the Institution/MDA, through the registrar, must provide a scanned copy of an authorization letter signed by the Head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.

The letter should be addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of NiRA

The scanned copy must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the registrar.

The letter should provide the additional information as needed.

NiRA would send the letter to NITDA for verification and approval.

NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verification process and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NG Domain Guidelines.

Registration through NITDA

To register a .GOV.NG domain through NITDA, the Institution/MDA must provide an authorization letter signed by the head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.

The letter must be addressed to the Director General of NITDA and a scanned copy can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The letter should provide the additional information as needed.

NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verification process and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NG Domain Guidelines. 

Update of Domain Name Registration Information

To update registration information through a NiRA accredited registrar or NITDA, an authorization letter containing the information to be updated should be communicated as stated above. The verification and approval for update follow the same process as well and update is effected accordingly.

Fees

Currently, NITDA charges no fee for .GOV.NG domain name registration and update. However, if a .GOV.NG domain name is registered through a NiRA accredited registrar, it is expected that the registrar would charge a consultancy fee. The charged fee varies from one registrar to another.

Mode of Communication

Amongst other communication channels, NITDA uses the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify the authenticity of the authorization letter and communicate application rejections and approvals.

Time Line

If all requirements are provided in the authorization letter and NITDA is able to verify the authenticity of the contents of the letter, the approval, registration and/or update is carried out within 24 hours.

 

SOURCE: NITDA Website