What is a domain name?
A domain is unique address on the Internet. Domains are used to identify websites, like www.Domains.Autos. Domains are made up of different levels, similar to physical addresses like city, state, zip code, etc.  The levels are are separated by dots.

What are Top-level domains (TLD)?
The top-level domains (TLD) define entire categories of websites. Here are a few examples of top level domains where the TLD is bolded.


Top-level domains are like neighborhoods. Some have rules on how you can use them while others don’t. The .Autos TLD for example is for individuals, businesses and organizations in the automotive industry only.  This is done to ensure that the .Autos online neighborhood stays safe and relevant in its content. With legacy TLDs like .com or .net, there are very few rules and almost anyone can operate a website about anything.

What are Second-level domains?
Second-level domains are similar to a specific home address in a neighborhood. They’re website addresses where individuals, businesses and organizations can register and build their online properties.


What is a registry operator?
A registry operator is the wholesaler of domain names and sells names via registrars. It manages the registration of domain names, establishes policies for domain name allocation, and technically operates the domain. Dominion Enterprises is the registry operator for .Autos.

What are domain name registrars?
Registrars are the retailers of domain names. They provide domain name registration services directly to registrants. These include helping registrants find, register, renew, and delete domain names. They send the information to the registry for entry into the centralized registry database.

Who are the .Autos accredited Registrars?
Dominion Registries publishes a list of all .Autos accredited registrars on our registrar page. All registrars must be officially accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and will have executed a Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) with Dominion. .Autos domain names may also be offered by resellers that operate under a contract with one of the accredited registrars.

What is a registrant?
A registrant is a company, organization or individual who registers a domain name.

What is ICANN?
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non-profit, private organization responsible for coordinating IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and other services.



Who can register a .Autos domain name?

.Autos domain names will be made exclusively available to registrants that provide products, services or information that benefit the automotive industry. All registrants will be validated by the registry. Having validated registrants means that as consumers do their auto related research and transactions online, they will be able to trust content found on websites using the .Autos extension and find relevant content on these sites.

A registrant who belongs to one of these categories and meets the verification requirements is eligible to purchase a .Autos domain name:

  • Automobile Manufacturer
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
  • Automobile Product Manufacturer
  • Broker
  • Distributor
  • Dealer / Dealer Group
  • Retailer
  • Automobile Services
  • Financer
  • Insurer
  • Association
  • Educator
  • Athlete / Team
  • Event Organizer
  • Media
  • Sponsor

Please see our complete Registration Policy to learn more about the category definitions and eligibility requirements.


When will I be able to buy a .Autos domain name?
Trademark owners who have registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse can apply to reserve their mark beginning March 22, 2016.  See the top of this page for the detailed launch schedule.

Why are some domain names unavailable for registration?

Some .Autos domain names may be unavailable for one of several reasons:

  • The domain name has already been registered
  • The domain name is reserved for use by the registry operator
  • ICANN requires that the certain domain names not be released