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.

www.dominionregistries.com
www.domains.Autos

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.

www.dominionregistries.com
www.domains.Autos

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 can be registered by anyone with no verification required. You can click HERE to view our Registration Policy and learn more about category definitions and eligibility requirements. Please note that .Autos TLD will continue to remain in Trademark Claims period until 14th June 2019 00:00 UTC. This means that, for domains with trademark, registrants will have to provide claims notice during the period to register the domain name.

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