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.
Texas government entities (state agencies, counties, and municipalities) are eligible to register for a Texas.gov domain.
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.
Standard Naming Conventions
To register for a Texas.gov domain, the domain name must follow the standard naming convention associated to the type of government entity making the request:
- State agency: agencyacronym.texas.gov; for example – dir.texas.gov
- County: countynamecounty.texas.gov; for example – traviscounty.texas.gov
- Municipality: nameofcity.texas.gov; for example – austin.texas.gov
Note: If a requested domain name for a state agency is not consistent with the standard naming convention, it will be considered an exception. No exceptions will be considered for counties or municipalities. See Domain Name Exception Process for more information.
How to Register a Texas.gov Domain Name
Registering for a Texas.gov domain name is a two-step process.
Step 1: Complete and submit the Domain Name Registration Form.
- 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 approved domain name to make it 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.