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Domain Name System (DNS) Services ID.GOV

The ID.GOV second-level domain is owned by the State of Idaho and managed by the Office of the CIO. This second-level domain is managed in accordance with standard enterprise-level domain management policies.

Third-level domains within the ID.GOV domain structure are offered at no cost to non-State of Idaho governmental entities residing within the boundaries of the State of Idaho.

Before proceeding to the online registration process, please review the naming conventions and policies in place for the ID.GOV domain. These policies are in accordance with the .GOV Top-Level Domain policies.

 

Policies

  • Any city, county, and/or school district within the boundaries of the State of Idaho may request a third-level ID.GOV domain.
  • Applications for specific third-level domains by subunits of a city, county, or school district will not be accepted.

    Example:
    The Ada County Sheriff's Office would not be granted adacountysheriff.id.gov as a domain name. The sheriff's entity must exist as a subdomain of the adacounty.id.gov domain as sheriff.adacounty.id.gov.

  • Other tax-supported entities might be eligible to request and obtain a third-level domain name within the ID.GOV domain structure. These entities must receive some tax support and must be governed by, or report to, local elected officers.

    Example:

    These entities are fire districts, highway districts, irrigation districts, library districts, soil conservation districts, and water districts.

  • On a case-by-case basis, the Office of the CIO can offer limited DNS hosting services for a registering entity.
  • Requests for any third-level domain within the ID.GOV domain structure may be submitted by any local government employee, as well as any Internet Service Provider or IT consultant working with a local government entity.
  • Before approving the request, the Office of the CIO domain managers will validate the registration request with a locally elected official of that entity.

Naming Conventions

  • Domain names cannot contain blank spaces or underscores.
  • Domain names can contain dashes except at the beginning or end.
  • Cities must use [cityname].ID.GOV or [citynamecity].ID.GOV.

    Example:

    The City of Boise could use BOISE.ID.GOV or BOISECITY.ID.GOV.

  • Counties muse use [countynamecounty].ID.GOV or [countyname-co].ID.GOV.

    Example:

    Ada County could use ADACOUNTY.ID.GOV or ADA-CO.ID.GOV.

  • School districts must use [schooldistrictnumber].ID.GOV or [schooldistrictname].ID.GOV.

    Example:

    Buhl School District could use SD412.ID.GOV or BUHLSCHOOLDISTRICT.ID.GOV.

Restrictions

  • All third-level domains within the ID.GOV domain structure are for the official use of local government entities only. Commercial use of any third-level domain within the ID.GOV domain structure is not allowed. Commercial or non-official use of third-level domain within the ID.GOV domain structure will result in revocation of all rights associated with an issued third-level domain.
  • Once approved and established, the local government entity has unrestricted use of their assigned third-level domain within the ID.GOV domain structure for any valid local government use or purpose. However, local government entities cannot use their control of a third-level domain within the ID.GOV domain structure for commercial or non-government purposes.

    Examples:

    The BOISE.ID.GOV domain manager could establish and manage POLICE.BOISE.ID.GOV, but not BUINESSNAME.BOISE.IDAHO.GOV.

    The ADACOUNTY.ID.GOV domain manager could establish and manage SHERIFF.ADACOUNTY.ID.GOV, but not BUSINESSNAME.ADACOUNTY.ID.GOV.

    The Boise Independent School District #1 could establish and manage BOISEHIGHSCHOOL.SD1.ID.GOV, but not BUSINESSNAME.SD1.ID.GOV.

  • The Office of the CIO domain managers and/or the U.S. General Services Administration reviews the public websites of third-level domains for proper usage. Violation of the non-commercial-use policy will result in revocation of a domain. This restriction is a top-level .GOV domain policy and is enforcable by both the Office of the CIO domain managers and the U.S. General Services Administration.

Disputes

  • By applying for a third-level domain name within the ID.GOV domain structure, or by asking the Office of the CIO to maintain a third-level domain name registration within the ID.GOV domain structure, the governmental entity warrants to the Office of the CIO that they will not vend or generate any other sublevel domains within a registered third-level domain that will be used for non-government or commercial purposes.
  • The Office of the CIO may cancel, transfer, or otherwise make changes to domain name registrations under any of the following circumstances:
    • The Office of the CIO's receipt of appropriate written or electronic instructions from the authorized agent of the registered government entity to take such action.
    • The Office of the CIO's receipt of an order from a court or arbitral tribunal of competent jurisdiction requiring such action.
    • The Office of the CIO's determination or notice from the U.Ss General Services Administration that a third-level domain within the ID.GOV domain is being used for non-government or commercial purposes.
    • The Office of the CIO's receipt of a decision of the ID.GOV Dispute Resolution Panel requiring such action in any dispute.
  • The Office of the CIO will not cancel, transfer, activate, deactivate, or otherwise change the status of any third-level domain name registration within the ID.GOV domain structure under this policy except as provided above.

Dispute Resolution Process

In the event of a dispute of a requested or issued third-level domain name within the ID.GOV domain structure, the following process applies.

  1. Send disputes to the Office of the CIO domain management staff using one of the following methods:
    • Send an email to hostmaster@cio.idaho.gov.
    • Send a letter to:
      Idaho Office of the CIO Hostmaster
      650 W. State Street, Room 100
      Boise, ID 83720-0042
  2. Upon receipt of a dispute notice, the Office of the CIO domain management staff will directly contact the parties involved and gather the necessary information for the resolution of the dispute.
  3. The Office of the CIO domain management staff will attempt to mediate the dispute directly between the parties involved.
  4. If the mediation fails to reach a consensus agreement, the dispute is escalated to the Access Idaho Steering Committee which has final decision-making authority. Disputes forwarded to the Access Idaho Steering Committee are acted upon as quickly as possible. No dispute will remain open for the panel's decision for more than six months.

Disclaimer

The Office of the CIO reserves the right to modify these policies at any time.

Register

Click here to email a registration request for a third-level domain name within the ID.GOV domain structure.