.NGO/.ONG domain policies

Intent of .NGO/.ONG

.NGO/.ONG are new TLDs run by Public Interest Registry (PIR). PIR has run the .ORG registry since 2003, and grown its registrations to over 10 million!

While .ORG remains a credible TLD used by organizations the world over, it is in fact an "open" TLD which allows anyone to register a domain with the .ORG extension.

The .NGO/.ONG extensions are designed to support the large community of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits around the world, who have values consistent with .org, but identify more closely with the term NGO or ONG, the translated abbreviation of NGO in Romance languages – such as French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The .NGO and .ONG extensions are exclusive community domains for validated NGOs.

These TLDs are designed specifically to help NGOs and ONGs build their online presence and establish trust and credibility as genuine members of the global NGO community.

Bundling of .NGO/.ONG registrations

.NGO and .ONG will be offered together as a bundled domain package. When a non-governmental organization registers either a .NGO or .ONG domain name, depending on their language preference, they automatically will receive their domain name with both the .NGO and the .ONG extensions.

There is no option to register just one and not the other.

Think of it this way: You buy "example.ngo" and you also get "example.ong" as an alias which will also resolve to your website.

Who can register .NGO/.ONG domain names?

Upon registration, there will be a Public Interest Registry managed validation process to reassure that only genuine NGOs and ONGs are granted .NGO/.OGN domain extensions. PIR has worked closely with the global NGO community to develop this validation process. Seven criteria are used to define an NGO or ONG for the purpose of validation:

1. Focused on acting in the public interest. Whether in support of education or health, the environment or human rights, members of the .ngo|.ong community work for the good of humankind and/or the preservation of the planet and do not promote discrimination or bigotry.

2. Non-profit making/non-profit-focused entities. While many NGOs and ONGs engage in commercial activities or generate revenue in support of theirs missions, members of the .ngo|.ong community do not recognize profits or retain earnings.

3. Limited government influence. Recognizing that many .ngo|.ong organizations have important interactions with government, not least for reasons of funding (which may include receipt of some government funding in support of their programs,) members of the .ngo|.ong community decide their own policies, direct their own activities and are independent of direct government or political control.

4. Independent actors. Members of the .ngo|.ong community should not be political parties nor should be a part of any government. Participation in the work of a .ngo|.ong is voluntary.

5. Active Organizations. Members of the .ngo|.ong community are actively pursuing their missions on a regular basis.

6. Structured. Members of the .ngo|.ong community, whether large or small, operate in a structured manner (e.g., under bylaws, codes of conduct, organizational standards, or other governance structures.)

7. Lawful. Members of the .ngo|.ong community act with integrity within the bounds of law.


NGOs and ONGs participating as members in the .ngo|.ong community must certify that they adhere to the above .ngo|.ong Eligibility Criteria.

Registering a .NGO/.ONG domain

The registration process for a .NGO domain name with Hover is the same as a .COM, with the added step of having to agree that you adhere to the 7 criteria PIR uses to define an NGO.

Registering a .NGO/.ONG domain


Once you register your .NGO/.ONG domain name bundle, the .NGO domain will appear in your Hover account. The .ONG will not appear in your Hover account, but exists as an exact mirror of your .NGO domain. Your .ONG will resolve to the same DNS as your. NGO. Any changes to your .NGO domain will be synchronized to your matching .ONG domain immediately.

Validation Hold

Domains will be placed on server hold after registration until NGO validation is completed. During this time, your domain's DNS will not resolve.

Validation Process

.NGO/.ONG registrations are open to qualified Non-Governmental Organizations. Validation is a simple, 3-step process. Validation is conducted at the entity level and all domains at initial and subsequent registration are aggregated for the registrant under their specific entity name.

Registrants will have 360 days from the domain create date to complete the validation process. Once the validation has been completed, the validation will be considered active for a term of two years. All entities are required to confirm their data is accurate at least once every two years.


The registrant validation process is as follows:

Step 1: Certify compliance with the .ngo|.ong Eligibility Requirements

This is completed during the registration process on Hover.com


Step 2: Provide the name[s] the NGO conducts business under and specific governmental certification information.

The NGO will be asked to provide their formal name and other names by which they do business, the country they are formally registered with to do business and any applicable identifying information, e.g., a tax identification or registration certification number.

This information can must be provided to PIR through their portal: https://www.ongood.ngo/portal/


Step 3: Provide other credential information to demonstrate status as an NGO.

The final step involves providing additional information to demonstrate NGO status.

This information can must be provided to PIR through their portal: https://www.ongood.ngo/portal/


For entities registering subsequent domains, all domains will have their validation term synced to the most recent registration. As a registrant benefit, this will simplify the re-validation process by having one validation date for all domains, regardless of multiple registration dates.



Upon completion of the validation process, Public Interest Registry will notify the registrant of their pass or fail status. Passing validation will result in the release of server hold and the registrant will have access to their domain name. The server hold status will be included in the poll queue. For domains failing validation initially, upon audit, or any other reason will immediately be triggered for deletion.

Public Interest Registry reserves the right to review the validation information provided at any time. Any entity not found in compliance with the Eligibility Requirements is subject to having their domain name[s] revoked.

Registration Term

Registrations can have a domain registration minimum term of 1 year, up to a maximum of 10 years, in one year increments.

Expiry grace

.NGO/.ONG domains can be renewed at regular renewal cost, up to 40 days past expiry.


.NGO/.ONG domains have a 30 Redemption period after expiry grace period. A redemption fee will apply, in addition to the standard renewal rate.


Domains will enter a 5 day deletion phase after the redemption period has ended. Both the .NGO and .ONG domain will be deleted simultaneously.

For domains failing validation initially, upon audit, or any other reason  will immediately be triggered for deletion.

Whois Privacy

Whois Privacy is not available for .NGO/.ONG domains for reasons of transparency and maintaining the integrity of the validation process.

Transfer a .NGO/.ONG domain

Transfers can only be initiated 60 days after the domain name is activated.

An authorization code is required for transfers.

Successful transfers will require a one year term extension.

A domain cannot be transferred to another registrar for 60 days after a transfer.

Domain names can be locked by the registrant, which means they cannot be transferred, updated or deleted unless the lock is removed.

When transfer of the primary domain name in the .ngo|.ong bundle is initiated, the sister domain name will enter pending transfer status.

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