Domain Registration Rules
for the .IO Domain and Sub-Domains
The purpose of this document is to describe the rules for the allocation of names within the .IO domain and its sub-domains.
2. PROCESS DETAIL
2.1 The rules given here apply to all requests for names in the .IO domain and all sub-domains of .IO except where differing rules exist for a sub-domain. The rules for a sub-domain shall incorporate all the rules in this document along with such additional rules that are required. Agreement of the Management of the Registry shall be required if the rules of a sub-domain are to exclude any of the rules of this document. Their agreement shall not unreasonably be withheld.
2.2 Where a dispute over the interpretation of the rules exists, the Management of the Registry shall rule on the interpretation.
2.3 All NEW second and third level domain requests will conform to RFCs 1034, 1035, 1122, 1123 and any subsequent replacements. For designated zones the requests may be handled by the automated Registration System. This Registration System will apply the appropriate RFCs, the rules and a check against the list of existing domain names. It may also check that operating nameservers exist for the request.
2.4 If the rules are changed in the future, some names approved under one set of rules might be rejected under the revised rules. No rule change will ever affect the status of a name which has been approved before the change unless sound technical reasons require this.
3. MANDATORY RULES FOR SECOND LEVEL DOMAINS.
3.1 An applicant may reside in any legal jurisdiction.
3.2 Certain single letter, two or more letters or number domain names are available for registration in a controlled and equitable manner.
3.3 There shall be at least two nameservers for the domain (with addresses specified in the request) operating at the time the request is submitted. There is no requirement for the nameserver to be physically located in the British Indian Ocean Territory. There is no restriction on the IP address of these nameservers.
4. MANDATORY RULES FOR THIRD LEVEL DOMAINS
4.1 An applicant must be resident in the British Indian Ocean Territory.
4.2 Two character names within an Third LD are allowed. i.e. 3x.com.IO
4.3 All second level names used by the Registry are banned from being used as third level names. e.g. com.com.IO would be banned as it is a second level name.
4.5 All top level domains are banned from being used as third level names. e.g. net.org.IO and org.com.IO are not allowed.
4.6 All One Letter domains (i.e.[a-z].xxx.IO) are reserved to cater for possible future sub-domain usage. The owner shall still maintain it unless they volunteer to relinquish it.
4.7 There shall be at least two nameservers for the domain (with addresses specified in the request) operating at the time the request is submitted. At least one nameserver must be physically located in the British Indian Ocean Territory. There is no restriction on the IP address of these nameservers.
5. APPROPRIATE USE
No .IO domain may be used, directly or indirectly, for any purpose that is sexual or pornographic or that is against the statutory laws of any Nation. In the event of the Registry being advised by any party that a specific site breaches this condition then the Registry reserves the right to immediately deactivate the offending registration.
7. UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL E-MAIL (SPAM) MAIL POLICY
In the event that any .IO domain is used either directly or indirectly for the purpose of directing unsolicited electronic mail ("spam mail") either as the originator of the spam mail or as the address to which readers of spam mail are referred, then the Registry reserves the right to send a notice to the applicant to cease such spam mail. Should the applicant of the .IO domain name fail to adhere to the conditions contained in such notice, then the Registry reserves the right to suspend or delete the operation of the offending .IO domain name.
8. WHOIS DISCLOSURE OBLIGATIONS
Access to WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the registry database.
The WHOIS data is provided for informational purposes only. This service is intended only for query-based access. UK privacy laws limit the scope of information permitted for certain public access.
Therefore, concerns regarding abusive use of domain registrations should be directed to either (a) the Registrar of Record as indicated in the WHOIS output, or (b) the anti-abuse department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. CONTACT DATA ACCURACY
As per the Terms and Conditions, all contacts associated with a domain name must supply accurate and verifiable contact information; specifically the full name of the legal entity or individual listed as the Domain Owner as well as the Administrative Contact and a physical street address for service of official notices along with a valid email address managed by each contact.