Domain Name Standard



Align the state with the official government domain (.gov). This will ensure that domain names are under the administration of the state, reducing the possibility of undesirable domains being misconstrued as official government sites. Instill public trust in government websites through the use of the .gov domain.


  1. The official North Dakota government domain is
  2. All public facing domains shall be registered as at least a third-level domain within the domain, or a virtual directory under the second-level domain. The third level or virtual directory shall uniquely identify the state agency or service.
  3. All registered domains shall adhere to all federal .gov domain registration requirements and guidelines.


Domain Name - A domain name is a user friendly way of finding and identifying computers on the Internet.


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Statement of Commitment

North Dakota's CIO/CTO directs that IT Policy be created to establish statewide information technology policies and standards as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Revision Number: 4
Revision Date: 2012-04-10
Effective Date: 2005-07-18
Last Reviewed: 2020-03-11
Number: POL0020019