Domain Registration

Procedure for Domain Registration

All websites/portal of Gconstituents at all levels (Federal, State and Local Governments) or specialized projects of Government that would last for 18 months or more are required to register on .GOV.NG and .MIL.NG  zone.

NOTE:There are two ways to register a .GOV.NG or .MIL.NG domain name. You can either send a written application to National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) or Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA) through an Accredited Registrar

Registration through NITDA

  • To register a .GOV.NG domain through NITDA, the Institution/MDA must provide an authorization letter signed by the head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.
  • The letter must be addressed to the Director General of NITDA and a scanned copy can be submitted to domains@nitda.gov.ng.
  • The letter should provide the following additional information:
  • Minimum of two name servers;
  • Two contact details of admin and technical persons;
  • The admin contact must be a member of staff of the institution/MDA. The technical contact can either be a member of staff or a consultant to the institution/MDA in case a technical staff is not available;
  • A name, designation, reachable phone number and email address must be stated in each of the contacts provided.
  • NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verification process and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NGDomain Name Policy
  • If the application successfully passes through the verification and approval processes, NITDA creates the domain and authorizes NiRA to activate. Else, NITDA advises the registrant on the appropriate next step.

Registration through a NiRA accredited Registrar

  • To register a .GOV.NG or .MIL.NG domain name through a NiRA accredited registrar, the Institution/MDA, through the registrar, must provide a scanned copy of an authorization letter signed by the head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.
  • The letter should be addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of NiRA
  • The scanned copy must be submitted to support@nira.org.ng by the registrar.
  • The letter should provide the following additional information:
  • Minimum of two name servers;
  • Two contact details of admin and technical persons;
  • The admin contact must be a member of staff of the institution/MDA. The technical contact can either be a member of staff or a consultant to the institution/MDA in case a technical staff is not available; and
  • A Name, Designation, reachable Phone number and Email Address must be stated for each of the contacts provided.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • NiRA sends the letter to NITDA for verification and approval.
  • NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verification process and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NG& .MIL.NG Domain Name Policy
  • If the application successfully passes through the verification and approval process, NITDA sends an approval confirmation to the registrar through NiRA. Else, NITDA advises the registrar and registrant on the appropriate next step.
  • The registrar creates the domain and NiRA activates.

Registration at the 4th level is ONLY permitted for the Federal Government, State Government, Federal Ministries, Departments, Parastatals and Institutions. Registrations on the 4the level is available for State Ministries, Departments, Parastatals, Institutions and Local Governments on their respective zones.

Zones [-]

ab.gov.ngad.gov.ngak.gov.ngan.gov.ngbe.gov.ngbo.gov.ng
bu.gov.ngby.gov.ngcr.gov.ngdl.gov.ngeb.gov.nged.gov.ng
ek.gov.ngen.gov.nggm.gov.ngim.gov.ngjg.gov.ngkb.gov.ng
kd.gov.ngkg.gov.ngkn.gov.ngkt.gov.ngkw.gov.nglg.gov.ng
na.gov.ng ni.gov.ngog.gov.ngon.gov.ng  os.gov.ngoy.gov.ng
pl.gov.ngrv.gov.ngsk.gov.ngtr.gov.ngyb.gov.ngzm.gov.ng
abj.gov.ng

To update registration information through NITDA, an authorization letter containing the information to be updated should be communicated as stated in “Registration through NITDA” above. The verification and approval for update follow the same process in “Registration through NITDA” as well and update is effected accordingly. Only domains created through NITDA can be updated by NITDA. Kindly https://whois.nic.net.ng/whois.jsp for status of the domain.

NITDA currently charges no fee for .GOV.NG and .MIL.NG domain name registration and update. However, if a .GOV.NG or .MIL.NG domain name is registered through a NiRA accredited registrar, it is expected that the registrar would charge a reasonable consultancy fee for associated services.

NITDA uses domains@nitda.gov.ng, phone calls (through 08140504418, 08119130085 and 08119131085) or official letters to verify the authenticity of the authorization letter and communicate application rejections and approvals.

If all requirements are provided in the authorization letter and NITDA is able to verify the authenticity of the contents of the letter,the approval, registration and/or update is carried out within 24 hours