What is a .Pro domain name?
A .Pro domain name is the first and only top-level domain exclusively for business owners and professionals of any type. It is a domain indicating professionalism and credibility, and includes authentication and verification. .Pro domains are available to all business owners and professionals, regardless of industry, country or organization. Any business can register a .Pro domain. As long as you have a business or profession specific license, you are eligible to register a .Pro domain.
Third-level .Pro domains are also available with profession-specific domain names (.eng.Pro, .med.Pro, .law.Pro or .cpa.Pro). An example of a third level domain is mydomain.eng.Pro. For more info on third-level domains, please contact sales.
Why do I need a .Pro domain name?
Trust in the business world is difficult to establish. A .Pro domain gives additional credibility and confidence to your business as only registrants that are in good standing with their licensing entity are permitted to register a .Pro domain.
.Pro is also one of the fastest growing new gTLDs but there are still thousands of high quality .Pro domains available for immediate registration. If you already own your name as a .com or .net, make sure you lock in the .Pro version before someone else gets it. Once it’s registered, it becomes very difficult to get it.
Who can register a .Pro domain name?
All business owners and licensed professionals are able to register .Pro domains. Professionals in certain fields are able to register third-level domains like domain.law.pro, domain.eng.pro, etc.
What information will be required from me to register a .Pro domain?
Registering a new .Pro domain is as easy as registering any of the other popular domains such as .com. You will simply provide your business or profession type when prompted by us, in addition to the usual contact and name server information required to register a domain name. Please Note: The .Pro Registry reserves the right to randomly request additional licensing information associated with Registrants from time to time.
How will the Registry review the eligibility of registrants in the .Pro domain?
What distinguishes the .Pro TLD from other domain extensions is its unique registration requirement. RegistryPro will require that registrants self-certify with their registrars that they are business owners or professionals who are licensed and meet the requirements of their profession and jurisdiction. The .Pro Registry reserves the right to randomly request additional licensing information associated with Registrants from time to time.
Is this a real-time registration?
Yes, once you submit your order, your registration information is sent to the registry to be processed immediately in real-time. We provide the registry with your self-declared business or professional type as part of the registration process on your behalf.
What are the .Pro registration rules?
The Registry allows all business owners, professionals, and professional entities, who self-certify that they meet the eligibility requirement of being a licensed business, or professional in good standing with their government recognized licensing authority, to register .Pro domains.
Will I be eligible to register second-level .Pro domains (eg. mydomain.Pro)?
All business owners, professionals, and professional entities who self-certify that they meet the eligibility requirements, are able to register .Pro domains. If you own a business license, you qualify! You can register if you:
- Are a person or entity who provides professional services; and
- You have been admitted to or licensed by a government certification body, or jurisdictional licensing entity recognized by a governmental body; and
- That body or licensing entity requires that its members be licensed or admitted to provide services; and
- You are in good standing.
To determine if your business is eligible, the general idea is as follows. As long as the business or professional provides the service associated with the registrant, and meets all eligibility requirements outlined in the domain registration agreement, the registrant is eligible to register .Pro domains. For example, if a registrant's business license states that they retail running shoes, they will be eligible to register .Pro domains.
Can a .Pro registrant be a professional organization instead of an individual business owner or professional?
A .Pro registrant may either be an individual or a professional organization. When the registrant is an organization, the organization can use its registration identification (e.g. business license) as its professional eligibility contact information. As long as the organization provides the service associated with its registration identification, and meets all eligibility requirements outlined in the domain registration agreement, the organization is eligible to register a second-level .Pro domain. For example, if a registrant's business license states that they retail running shoes, the registrant's business will be eligible to register .Pro domains.
Is .Pro available in my country?
Yes! .Pro registrations are available internationally.
How much does second-level .Pro cost?
To help you get started with a .Pro domain, we’ve drastically lowered our prices! For a limited time only, we are offering .Pro domains at 75% off for only $4.95 for the first year of new registrations! Subsequent years can be purchased at our regular fee. Register your .Pro today to take advantage of our lowest promotional price ever. Regular prices for registrations, renewals and transfers are only $19.95/year.
What is the process for registering a .Pro domain?
I received a notification from DomainPeople that additional information is required from me. What do I need to do?
.Pro domains are subject to random verifications checks for professional eligibility from time to time. The registry occasionally asks us to provide them with additional licensing information from you such as date and status of license, name and jurisdiction of licensing authority. Simply follow the instructions listed in the email notification. If your license information is no longer valid, we will work with you to update the information provided to the registry within the time frame given. If you cannot provide updated information, your domain may be suspended until your license information is correctly updated to ensure your eligibility to maintain an active .Pro domain.
What is the minimum character restriction for second-level .pro domains?
All second-level .Pro domains must be a minimum of 4 characters long. The maximum character length is 63 characters.
Who can register a third-level .Pro domain name?
At this time, only members of the engineering, medical, legal and accounting professions are eligible to register third-level .Pro domains.
The .Pro professional eligibility requirements are intended to restrict domain name registrations within the .Pro top-level domain to persons and organizations that are licensed or otherwise credentialed by the appropriate government agencies or organizations to provide professional services to the public in the legal, engineering, medical, and accounting fields.
Eligible registrants may register one or more of four major profession-specific domains:
Additional variations of these domains may be available to take into account local, professional and linguistic differences in various regions.
Where is the registration eligibility criteria specified?
The .Pro eligibility criteria are established in the Registry's Agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). RegistryPro, the operator of the .Pro top-level domain will establish registry policy in consultation with an Advisory Board made up of representatives of professional organizations. It is the responsibility of registrants to provide truthful and accurate information about their professional status when registering for a .Pro domain name.
What are the basic eligibility criteria?
To be in compliance with the professional eligibility requirements, a registrant must be either:
- An individual who is currently licensed as (i) an engineer, (ii) a Certified Public Accountant, (iii) a physician (including a medical doctor), or (iv) an attorney at law, who is currently licensed to practice in their licensed jurisdictions.
- An organization that provides engineering, accounting, legal or medical professional services, and has an employee who satisfies one of the above criteria and registers on behalf of such entity or organization.
Examples of such organizations include: engineering consultation firms, accounting firms, hospitals, legal publishers, medical supply companies, or law departments of large companies.
Can a third-level .Pro registrant be a professional organization rather than an individual?
A third-level.Pro registrant may either be an individual professional or a professional organization. When the registrant is an organization, there must be a qualifying professional who meets the normal eligibility standards for an individual registrant. This individual must certify that they are an employee of the registrant organization and that the organization provides services related to the individual's profession.
Will eligibility for third-level .Pro domains be reviewed again after registration?
Eligibility for will be periodically re-verified.
To implement the third-level .Pro Professional Eligibility Requirements, RegistryPro will:
- Require that each Registrar certify that as a condition to registration of a third-level .Pro domain name, that the professional eligibility of each registrant is verified.
- Require that each registrar's agreement with registrants include terms and conditions relating specifically to .Pro domains (for example, regarding professional eligibility and the requirement that the registrant remain in good standing in his/her profession throughout the term of their domain name registration). Examples of such terms and conditions can be found in the DomainPeople Registration Agreement.
What is the third-level .Pro Verification Process?
The Professional Eligibility Requirements of the individual identitified as the registrant of a third-level .Pro domain must specifically be provided to the registry as a condition of registration. To satisfy the registration requirements, the registry will email the administrative contact of a third-level .Pro domain a link to an Authentication and Verification (A/V) form which will prompt the user for the required professional licensing information.
What personal and professional information will a registrant have to provide to the Registry to successfully complete the authentication and verification process known as the "AV Check"?
Professional Eligibility: All registrants of resolving third-level .Pro domains names must demonstrate that they meet the professional eligibility requirements of the .pro registry. Eligibility is demonstrated by presenting a set of personal authentication and professional verification (A/V) data. The accuracy of the A/V data must be verified, and it must be confirmed that the individual indicated by the A/V data is aware of and authorized the initiation of the check. This person must be given the power to approve or veto any actions, such as completion of the registration of a domain name that may be taken as a result of a successful check.
A .pro registrant may either be an individual professional or a professional organization. When the registrant is an organization, there must be a qualifying professional who meets the normal eligibility standards for an individual registrant. This individual must certify that they are an employee of the registrant organization and that the organization provides services directly related to the individual's profession.
Please refer to the RegistryPro Web site for a complete description of professional eligibility for the .pro restricted gTLD.
The following A/V data must be provided to the Registry for the subject of the A/V check:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Profession Type
- Country of Jurisdiction
- License Number
- Licensing Authority
The Registry will email the customer directly with the results of the A/V check.
What is the minimum character restriction for third-level .pro domains?
All third-level .pro domains must be a minimum of 4 characters long, and may not be more than 63 characters in length. Third-level domains with hyphens in the third and fourth character positions (eg. bbq-.pro) will not be accepted.