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An update on our transition

New domain requests paused

October 13, 2023

By: Cameron Dixon, .gov registry manager

We posted a few weeks ago about changes coming to .gov. Here’s a quick update on our progress and a recap of what’s happening.

A look ahead

A new registrar

We built a new way to request and manage .gov domains – a new .gov registrar. We’ll retire our current platform and open the new one for domain managers in November 2023.

If you have a .gov domain and you’ve created a account with the same email address you’re using in our current platform, you can manage your domain in our new registrar in November.

Once you’ve created an account, you’re all set for now: we’ll email you when the new registrar is available.

A pause on new .gov domain requests

Starting October 13, 2023, new requests for .gov domains are paused until January 2024. You can get notified when .gov opens for new requests.

If you’ve submitted a request before today, it will be reviewed before the move to our new registrar.

If you have any concerns about this pause, please contact us with your feedback. If you are an election office (or other government office that directly supports the IT of election infrastructure) and need assistance, please reach out to [email protected].

Reducing paperwork

Government organizations at all levels in the U.S. are eligible for a .gov domain. This includes cities, towns, counties, election offices, states, tribal governments, courts, federal agencies, and more.

One important change is to a part of government work that we’re excited to reduce: paperwork. The current request process requires a signature, typically from the senior elected or highest-ranking official in your organization. For many governments, this inflexibility led to unnecessary bureaucracy that caused delays. The new request process will be fully digital, won’t require a physical signature, and requests can typically be approved by an individual with significant, executive responsibility in your organization, like a senior technology officer or chief administrative official.

How these changes impact governments

If you want a .gov domain
If you requested a .gov domain
If you already have a .gov domain

What we heard from you

Thank you for your questions and comments! Here are responses to what we heard.

Does this mean that all .gov websites will shut down for three months?

No! We are pausing requests for new .gov domains from October 2023 until January 2024. This pause will not impact existing government websites or other online infrastructure.

If you have concerns about this pause, please let us know. If you are an election office (or other government office that directly supports the IT of election infrastructure) and need assistance, please reach out to [email protected].

Can we launch new subdomains on .gov sites?

Yes! We don’t manage subdomains of your .gov domains. You can create subdomains in accordance with your organization’s policies.

What if some .gov domain managers don’t create accounts?

Users who don’t create accounts will not be able to access the new registrar. We plan to launch the new registrar’s domain management features in late fall 2023.

Each domain manager will need to create a account to manage your domain in the new registrar.