Where do I find the TLD or IDN application forms?
There is no direct link to the TLD or IDN application forms. The first step in our application process is to perform a search at our Availability Check page to see if the TLD or IDN you are looking for is available.
If the TLD or IDN you are looking for is available you will see an orange button with the text "Click here to apply for (your TLD or IDN)". This link will take you to the application form. We strongly recommended that you first read through all sections of the website before starting the application process.
Who can apply ?
Companies, organizations and city geo-domain name groups are welcome to apply for a TLD or IDN . Ideal candidates will be early adapters with creative ideas on how they would build-out, market and promote their TLD or IDN. They would be well established, financially sound companies that would be good stewards of their domain name space.
Is there a fee to apply for a TLD or IDN?
No, there is no fee required to complete and submit an application form for a new TLD or IDN.
What is the cost to register a TLD or IDN with Unifiedroot if my application is accepted?
The cost to register a premium, high-value, TLD or IDN during the Founders Program is 50,000 EUR. In future application rounds this will not be the case. Premium high value TLDs or IDNs will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
What evaluation and approval model does Unifiedroot follow?
Unifiedroot will review and evaluate all applicants on a case-by-case basis. Once an application is received, we will review the applicant to understand how they intend to use, build-out, market and promote the TLD or IDN. Unifiedroot reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to accept or reject any applicant.
When will I have to pay the TLD or IDN registration fee?
Once an application is approved we send the applicant a contract and an invoice for the registration of the TLD or IDN. It is at this time that the registration fee is due.
When can I start using my TLD or IDN?
Once we receive the signed contract and payment is made in full, Unifiedroot will add the TLD or IDN into our network and the owner can start using their TLD or IDN.
Will applications be approved on a first-come, first-served basis?
No. Unifiedroot reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant at their sole discretion.
Will applications for the same TLD be settled by an auction process?
No, currently not. In future rounds an auction process may be implemented when duplicate applications for the same TLD is received.
Is it advantageous for me to send in my application early?
Yes. Unifiedroot can evaluate and approve a TLD at any time and at their sole discretion.
Should I notify Unifiedroot that I am interested in a TLD while I am preparing my application?
Yes, this is very important. Since Unifiedroot can approve an applicant at any time at its sole discretion it would be important for you to notify us that you intend to apply for a TLD.
Are there special technical aspects I need to know?
Yes. TLD and IDN owners are also registry operators. The registry operator maintains the authoritative, master database of all domain names registered in their TLD or IDN. For most companies this is technically too complex and they would look to a third-party back end registry service provider to handle the registry operations for them.
Can I apply for a TLD in multiple languages and scripts?
Yes. Applicants in our founders program can apply for a TLD in multiple languages and non-Latin scripts known as Internationalized Domain Names.
How many TLDs can I register?
Unifiedroot does not limit the number of TLDs a company, organization or institution can register.
Does Unifiedroot offer refunds?
No. Unifiedroot does not offer refunds.
Where will the DNS point when my TLD or IDN is added to the Unifiedroot network?
The DNS of your TLD or IDN will initially point to our network. We will enable you to redirect your TLD or IDN at any point in time to a different DNS (provided that you continue to comply with your obligations under the applicable Terms).
Can an individual apply for a TLD or IDN?
No. Individuals cannot apply for a TLD or IDN with Unifiedroot. Only companies, organizations, and institutions can register a TLD or IDN.
Will all Internet users be able to access websites under my TLD or IDN?
To view TLDs and IDNs registered at Unifiedroot users must first be able to connect to our network. Unifiedroot has ingeniously solved this problem. From the original source code of Mozilla's Firefox browser we have developed our own browser. The browser seamlessly recognizes all the TLDs we are familiar with now from ICANN as well as all the TLDs on the Unifiedroot network.
Can an owner sell and transfer a TLD or IDN?
Yes, an owner can sell and transfer a TLD or IDN registered at Unifiedroot providing the following conditions have been met:
- all outstanding fees of the current registration holder have been paid;
- the transfer fee of the TLD has been paid.
- access to the TLD has not been suspended or terminated by us;
- the transferee agrees to be bound by Unifiedroot's Terms and Conditions, has provided all necessary information and meets the criteria set out in these Terms;
- the sale is granted approval from Unifiedroot's governing board.