What is .RW Domain Name

In addition to registering a Rwanda domain name directly under .rw, RICTA offers as well the following Second Level Domain:

Generic Second Level Domain Zones Type of organization
- .rw: Any general purpose domain name
- Commercial and Business Organizations
- Not-for-profit and/or Non-Goverment Organizations
- Network Infrastructure Providers

The following Generic Second Level domain zones are reserved for use by qualified organizations in Rwanda:

Generic Second Level Domain Zones

- Rwanda Academic Institutions. Authorization must be issued by the Rwanda Ministry of Education or The Rwanda Education Board

- Goverment of Rwanda Institutions. Authorization must be issued by the Office of The President of Rwanda.

- This zone is reserved for the Rwanda Defense Forces - RDF

- : Rwanda Cooperatives. Authorization must be issued by the Rwanda Cooperative Agency.

- Rwanda Limited Companies. Authorization must be issued by the Rwanda Development Board - RDB

How to Register a domain name

- Step 1: Check Domain name availability using our WHOIS LOOKUP TOOL

- Step 2: Choose a Registrar among the official ones (check the list here...)

How to Become a Registrar

1. Application letter sent by post (or delivered by hand) to RICTA P.O Box: 5121, 6th Floor Telecom House, Boulevard de L’umuganda, attention to the Chief Executive Officer.

2. Company’s Profile detailing your company’s operations, location and abilities.
In particular, the company profile should include:

- Your experience in DNS and DNS server management;
- At least two (2) DNS servers that your company manages;
- A list of domain names hosted on the nameservers;
- A company registration certificate from the Registrar’s office;
- A company TIN (Tax Identification Number) or an official company registration number

RICTA executive management will evaluate your application within seven (7) working days and respond with an approval or Rejection. If your application is approved, your organization and RICTA shall sign the “Registry - Registrar Agreement” after paying the advance payment as specified in the applicable price list.

NB: To become an accredited Registrar, it is NOT required that your organization have local presence; an office within the country, Rwanda.

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