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The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

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The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Account management

Access the .gov registrar

New registrar requires account

In November 2023, we launched a new .gov registrar. You must have a account to request or manage domains in this new registrar. provides a simple and secure process for signing in to many government services with one account.

If you had an account in the old .gov registrar

If you had a .gov account prior to November 2023, you can’t use your old credentials to access the new registrar. You’ll need to create a account with the same email address you used to sign in to the old registrar. That will ensure that you have access to your domains.

If you need help finding the email address you used in the past, contact us.

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How to create a account

Go to to create your account. We recommend that you:

  • Use your work email address to create your account. Don’t use a shared inbox, team email, or distribution address.
  • Add two authentication methods to your account. If you lose access to your primary authentication method (e.g. losing your phone), you’ll have a backup. You’ll be asked to set up authentication methods during the account creation process.

If you already have a account

If you have a account associated with a different email from the one you used in the registrar, we recommend creating another account with the registrar email address. (You can add your work email address to your existing account, though your organization may have policies against using personal accounts.)

If you plan to request a .gov domain you’ll need to verify your identity with if you haven’t already done so.

Verify your identity with (required for first-time domain requestors)

Before you can request your first .gov domain, we’ll require you to verify your identity with This is a necessary layer of security that requires you to prove you are you, and not someone pretending to be you. You’ll need a state-issued ID, a Social Security number, and a phone number for identity verification. You’ll be prompted to verify your identity when you begin the domain request process.

Read more about verifying your identity with

Not all government services that use require this type of verification, but you only need to do it once and it will apply to all government services that require it.

If you delete your account

If you don’t have access to your authentication methods, you may be advised to delete your account. This will cause you to lose access to your domains.

To regain access to your domains:

  1. Create a new account.
  2. Ask another manager on your domain to remove and re-add you in the .gov registrar.

If you don’t have another domain manager, email [email protected] to let us know you deleted your account.

Change your password

Access to the .gov registrar is managed through You can change your password at

Update your contact information (email, phone)

Updating your contact information for one domain will update the contact information for all domains in the registrar. However, it won’t affect your account information.

The contact information you provide won’t be made public and will only be used for the .gov program.

  1. Sign in to the .gov registrar using your account.
  2. Click the “Manage” link for your .gov domain.
  3. Click “Your contact information” on the left-side navigation.
  4. Update your contact information.
  5. Click “Save.”
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