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Like many domain extensions, .us was originally established in 1985 as a country code top-level domain. .Us is primarily used by local states as well as the United States government. While .us is a quality choice, it comes with many restrictions, and is not available to everyone. One or more of the following criteria’s must be met to own a .us domain extension:

  • A permanent resident or citizen of the United States or any of its territories
  • An individual whose home or domicile is in the United States or any of its territories
  • An organization or business entity that is incorporated in the US, Washington, DC, or one of its entities
  • Federal, state, or local US government entities
  • Political subdivisions that have a genuine presence in the country

If you DO meet at least one of the precedents listed above, and if you are selling a product, promoting a cause, or running a civic group or campaign, a .us domain extension will indicate to your visitors that you are connecting your cause, brand, or the efforts of your group to your country. This correlation will help more people in the United States relate to your purpose better than a generic extension would. Luckily, if you do NOT meet the criteria above, there is still a variety of options that could suite your extension needs!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Transferring in to KnownHost - what happens next?

Once the order is submitted to us and the EPP code is validated an email will be dispatched to the administrative WHOIS contact with a link that must be clicked in order to continue with the transfer. After this link is clicked the old registrar has five (5) days to release the domain to us.

While many registrars will either approve the request automatically or email you an additional link to get them to approve the transfer immediately, some do not and you may have to wait the full five days for the transfer to complete.

What about private registration details?

On your My KnownHost panel page you'll be presented with a form to update the Registrant, Administrative, Technical, and Billing WHOIS contact info. If you have domain privacy enabled on your domain this information will not be public.

When can I transfer my domain?

Per ICANN policy a domain cannot be transferred within 60 days of its registration or last transfer. This applies to domain registrations being transferred to us as well as away from us.

Is .us the only domain KnownHost offers?

Of course not! Have something else in mind? See our other domains on offer here and read through the pros and cons of each! Can’t figure out which one would suite your needs the best? No problem! Call our expert sales team at 1-866-332-9894.