Sponsored top-level domain.


All government websites must have a .gov / .edu / .mil sTLD.


Generic top-level domains (gTLD) (.com, .org, etc.) are non-country extensions that indicate the purpose or source of the website.

Sponsored top-level domains (sTLD) (.gov / .edu / .mil) are a subgroup of gTLDs managed by designated organizations and restricted to specific registrant types.

A .gov / .edu / .mil extension verifies that the website is managed by a United States government organization (federal, state, local). Government gTLDs can potentially confuse users and create opportunities for non-government entities to spoof official government services. Adopting the .gov / .edu / .mil extension ensures users are visiting an official government website.


Example of government websites with a .gov sTLD:

  • Get a .gov (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency)

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