Apply for a domain name
The application process can take around 2 to 10 working days, depending on the nature of the application and the level of consultation needed.
Check you’re eligible
Government organisations are eligible to register a third-level .govt.nz domain name for a:
- new government organisation or business unit
- project or initiative with a significant public profile.
Who decides you are eligible
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is the Government Registrar for .govt.nz and .parliament.nz domain names.
DIA liaises with the Association of Local Government Information Managers (ALGIM) and the Parliamentary Service about the naming and eligibility for those domain requests.
Choose a domain name
For new government organisations or business units, choose a name that reflects the official name of the new entity (preferably in full or using a keyword) and avoids confusion with other government organisations.
For an eligible project or initiative, choose a name that describes the purpose of the site and service provided.
Complete the application form template
The application form template includes important guidance and context.
It will ensure you've provided enough information for the Domain name service team to make an informed decision.
Submit your application
You can make a manual application or an online application.
Email your completed application form template to email@example.com
Log into the Government domains portal and complete the online application form with information from your application form template.
To get access to the portal contact the Domain name service team.
What happens next
If you make a manual application, you'll get acknowledgement from the Domain name service team within 1 to 2 working days.
If you make an online application, you'll get acknowledgement from the system straight away.
The Domain name service team will review your application and let you know if they have any questions or suggestions.
The team might also consult other government organisations if they have a similar existing domain name, or are leaders in the sector for particular key words.
You'll usually receive approval, or be asked to provide more information, within 1 to 2 working days.
Approval is not automatic or guaranteed. Each decision is made case by case.