Public Interest Registry has worked closely with the global NGO community to develop a validation process for NGOs and ONGs seeking to register .ong domains. Seven criterias are used to define an NGO or ONG for the purpose of validation:
- Focused on acting in the public interest. Whether in support of education or health, the environment or human rights, members of the .ong community work for the good of humankind and/or the preservation of the planet and do not promote discrimination or bigotry.
- 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 .ong community do not recognize profits or retain earnings.
- Limited government influence. Recognizing that many .ong organisations 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 .ong community decide their own policies, direct their own activities and are independent of direct government or political control.
- Independent actors. Members of the .ong community should not be political parties nor should be a part of any government. Participation in the work of a .ong is voluntary.
- Active Organisations. Members of the .ong community are actively pursuing their missions on a regular basis.
- Structured. Members of the .ong community, whether large or small, operate in a structured manner (e.g., under bylaws, codes of conduct, organizational standards, or other governancestructures.)
- Lawful. Members of the .ong community act with integrity within the bounds of law. NGOs and ONGs participating as members in the .ong community must certify that they adhere to the above .ong Eligibility Criteria.
.ngo/.ong: Changes to the Registration Validation Process
PIR implemented changes to the registration process for .ngo/.ong domains that allow registrants to complete registration using self-certification instead of the former pre-validation process. Registrants must no longer leave the check-out flow to activate their domains.
Here are the changes:
- The domain name is live once registration is completed.
- The mandatory 2-year re-validation is no longer required.
- Resellers must add a checkbox for the self-certification during their checkout process with a link to the .ngo/.ong Registration Policies:
I, the registrant, understand and agree to the .NGO and .ONG Registration policies and certify that my organization meets the eligibility requirements therein.
Please note that it is not the responsibility of the registrar to store the self-certification information. It is the registrant's responsibility to determine whether the domain name bundle registration infringes or violates someone else's rights. It is also the registrant's responsibility to determine whether the domain name bundle registration complies with the .ngo/.ong registration policies.
PIR conducts random audits of .ngo/.ong domain bundle registrations and reserves the right to cancel, transfer or modify a domain name in accordance with their policies.
- Please note that the TLDs .ONG and .NGO are included in one registration.
- If you register .ONG, the same domain name will be registered under .NGO too, and vice versa.
- Only the .NGO domain name will appear in your account domain list. All changes made to one domain will automatically be reflected on the other, apart from the DNSSEC information.