Criteria to register a

Criteria for registering a domain name


Before you place an order for a domain, please take note of the following:

  1. Only state government entities can register domains with us.

  2. State government entities MUST register for a fourth-level domain under a state's third-level domain to the extent such an option is available (e.g. for Lagos state).

  3. Cities and townships CANNOT register a local program/initiative, such as a local library, etc

  4. Cities and townships may denote the state abbreviation after the city or township name, preferably separated by a hyphen.

  5. Generic names are not allowed. (eg.  is not allowed).

  6. The domain name used must be short and easy to remember (e.g. instead of

Registration process

To register a, you have to send a scanned letter on the letterhead of the ministry or state government parastatal that plans to register the domain name to The letter must contain the domain name to be registered (confirm that the domain of choice meets all criteria by sending a mail to with the proposed domain name before preparing this letter) and the name of the person authorized to register the domain. This authorized person must be working at the ministry and the following details should be stated in the letter

  • Full name of the authorized person

  • Designation

  • Email address

  • Phone number

  • Contact address

Once this has been sent, your request would be vetted and NITDA would proceed to confirm that your request is genuine. It should take about 1 week for your domain to be registered and activated.




Registration of Geographical names as domain names is now prohibited by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) effective 1st November, 2016 some examples of geonames as domain names are,, Upperlink will not be liable for loss, retrieval, deletion nor refund payments for such registrations where the domains are successfully registered.


Registration of domain names that come off as abusive, racist, sexist are all prohibited domain names.

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