Domain Name Registration

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The Department of Information Resources (DIR), on behalf of the State of Texas, provides management, registration, and authorization for the use of the texas.gov domain name.

Why Adopt a texas.gov Domain Name?

To strengthen Texas government brand recognition, texas.gov has been designated as the primary, outward-facing domain name for state agencies, counties, and municipalities. Using a texas.gov domain name assures citizens that your domain is an official, trusted Texas government entity. ​​

Register a Domain Name

Registering for a domain name is a two-step process.

Step 1. Submit a Name​

TIMESAVING TIP: Check the list of Approved Domain Names to determine if your agency has​ a registered domain name. 

Complete the Domain Name Registration Form and submit.

  • DIR will review your requested domain name to make sure it conforms to policy and respond within five business days.
  • DIR will notify you if your requested domain name is approved. If it is approved, proceed to Step 2.          

Step 2. Activate Your Domain

To make your approved domain name visible on the Internet:

  • Email the DIR technical team and request activation.
  • Within five business days, DIR will contact you to complete the testing and activation. 

Have questions? Email the Domain Name Registrar for more information.

Standard Naming Conventions

The standard naming convention for a state agency is {agencyacronym}.texas.gov (i.e., dir.texas.gov). The standard naming convention for a local government entity is {countynamecounty}.texas.gov (i.e., elpasocounty.texas.gov) for a Texas county and {cityname}.texas.gov (i.e., elpaso.texas.gov) for a municipality.

If a requested name for a state agency is not consistent with the standard, it will be considered an exception. No exceptions will be considered for local government entities. See Domain Name Exception Process for more information.

More information regarding domain name management, registration, eligibility period, and naming conventions can be found in our Internet and Email Domain Name Management Policy - PDF (674 KB).

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