New Top Level Domain Extensions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a TLD?
TLD stands for Top-Level Domain. A TLD is basically the last part of a domain name; that is, the letters which follow the final dot of any domain name; for example, “.com”, “.net”, “.org”, etc.

What’s in it for me with the new TLDs?
With the introduction of hundreds of new TLDs, new domain extensions will become available that will allow you to have more personalized and targeted websites that are easy to find on the internet.

When can I register for the new TLDs?
The TLDs will launch in waves with the first set of TLDs launching towards mid-November. At that time, we will begin processing registrations for available TLDs.

You can Pre-Register, use this easy form and we do the rest.

Early registration allows you to provide key information that will increase your chances for successful registration. When you register early with us, we will process your registration request and submit it as soon as possible in the applicable phases i.e. Sunrise, Landrush, General Availability (GA). Learn more about Sunrise, Landrush, and GA phases

Each registration phase has a defined date for submission and processing. During the Pre-Registration phase, you will be allowed to submit an application ahead of the defined dates for other phases. Sunrise is a registration period specifically for trademark holders. Landrush is after Sunrise and before General Availability. Landrush is a premium registration opportunity for those seeking an early, non-trademark registration. General Availability (GA) is first come, first served registration. While GA is open to the public, there may be some requirements for registration (example: membership to an organization).

However, when you register with us we relieve you of the hassle of knowing which phase applies to you. Simply register with us and we will take care of the rest for you. Please note that we will enable you to provide key information such as your trademark information that will increase your chances for successful registration. We will collect pre-registration requests and hold them in a queue until it is time to submit (opening of Sunrise, for example).

Pre-registering does not guarantee acceptance/approval of your application but simply puts your application in front of the line.

How can I register for the new TLDs?
We have made the process of registering your new targeted domain simple and easy. Simply select the names that you are interested in and we will take care of the rest for you.

During your registration process, we will request some key information from you that is required for that TLD. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to provide optional information such as your trademark number that will qualify your application for submission during the initial sunrise phase(s).

How will I know when I’ve been awarded my new domain name?
When a decision is received from the Registry regarding your application, you will be notified by email to inform you of the status of your application. Additionally, you will have the ability to view the status of your application by logging on to your online account.

Once your domain name has been awarded, we will notify you right away so you can set up your website, email or add any additional products or services.

What if I don’t get awarded the domain name I requested?
Domain requests that are rejected by the Registry for any reason will still be charged an application fee that will NOT be refunded to you. You will however be refunded the registration fee charged during pre-registration if you are not awarded the requested domain name.

What are the different phases for registration?
There are typically three phases: Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability

How will I know when a TLD is available for registration?
The TLDs will launch in waves with the first set of TLDs launching towards the end of the year.

To register for available TLDs at any time, please go to

If you want to be notified as soon as the new TLDs that you are interested in are available, please sign up for our Pre-Interest Watchlist.

What is the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH)?
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is a global repository for trademark data. It allows brand owners seeking to protect their brands to submit their trademark data into one centralized database, prior to and during the launch of new gTLDs. The verified data in the Trademark Clearinghouse will be used to support both Trademark Claims and Sunrise Services, required in all new gTLDs.

How do I get access to the Trademark Clearinghouse?

What is an SMD File?
The Signed Mark Data (SMD) file is generated by the Trademark Clearinghouse and only provided once a trademark record has been verified. Trademark Holders with registered trademark records with the TMCH are eligible to register before most other domain buyers. When the SMD is submitted during pre-registration, we will hold this information in queue and submit it with the TLD application once sunrise opens for that particular TLD.

What are Trademark Claims?
The Trademark Claims period follows the Sunrise period and runs for at least the first 90 days of an initial operating period of general registration. During the Trademark Claims period, anyone attempting to register a domain name matching a mark that is recorded in the Trademark Clearinghouse will receive a notification displaying the relevant mark information.

If the notified party goes ahead and registers the domain name, the Trademark Clearinghouse will send a notice to those trademark holders with matching records in the Clearinghouse, informing them that someone has registered the domain name.

For domain applications submitted prior to General Availability for any particular TLD, we will accept any warning or notice on your behalf that the domain name you are submitting a domain request for may incorporate another party’s trademark or other intellectual property.