Procedure for .Gov.Ng Domain Registration

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 an accredited registrar.

Registration through a NiRA accredited Registrar

  1. To register a .GOV.NGdomain 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.
  2. The letter should be addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of NiRA
  3. The scanned copy must be submitted to support@nira.org.ngby the registrar.
  4. The letter should provide the following additional information:
  • minimum of two name servers;
  • two contact details of admin and technical persons;
  • The admin contact must be a member of staff of the institution/MDA. The technical contact can either be a member of staff or a consultant to the institution/MDA in case a technical staff is not available; and
  • A name, designation, reachable phone number and email address must be stated for each of the contacts provided.
  1. NiRA sends the letter to NITDA for verification and approval.
  2. NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verificationprocess and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NGDomain Guidelines.
  3. If the application successfully passes through the verification and approval process, NITDA sends an approval confirmation to the registrar through NiRA. Else, NITDA advises the registrar and registrant on the appropriate next step.
  4. The registrar creates the domain and NiRA activates.

Registration through NITDA

  1. To register a .GOV.NG domain through NITDA, the Institution/MDAmust provide an authorization letter signed by the head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.
  2. The letter must be addressed to the Director General of NITDA and a scanned copy can be submitted to domains@nitda.gov.ng.
  3. The letter should provide the following additional information:
  • minimum of two name servers;
  • two contact details of admin and technical persons;
  • The admin contact must be a member of staff of the institution/MDA. The technical contact can either be a member of staff or a consultant to the institution/MDA in case a technical staff is not available; and
  • A name, designation, reachable phone number and email address must be stated in each of the contacts provided.
  1. 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.NGDomain Guidelines.
  2. If the application successfully passes through the verification and approval processes, NITDA creates the domain and authorizes NiRA to activate. Else, NITDA advises the registrant on the appropriate next step.

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 in (1a-1c) or (2a-2b) above. The verification and approval for update follow the same process in 1 and 2 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

NITDA uses domains@nitda.gov.ng, phone calls (through 08168401851) or official lettersto 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 outwithin 24 hours.