Domain Name Registration Policies and Regulations

[In case of any discrepancy between this translation and the original Chinese text, the Chinese text shall govern. Terms in this translation expressed in the singular should be construed as also including the plural, and vice versa. ]

  • Approved by the 23rd Domain Name Committee Meeting, Dec 10, 2002
  • Revised by the 41st Domain Name Committee Meeting, Jun 28, 2005
  • Revised by the 5th Fee Schedule Committee Meeting, Jan 17, 2007
  • Revised by the 6th Fee Schedule Committee Meeting, Sep 6, 2007
  • Revised by the 70th Domain Name Committee Meeting, Jul 7, 2010
  • Revised by the 72th Domain Name Committee Meeting, Nov 3, 2010
  • Revised by the 74th Domain Name Committee Meeting, Apr 20, 2011
  • Revised by the 90th Domain Name Committee Meeting, Oct 30, 2013
  • Revised by the 106th Domain Name Committee Meeting, Apr 19, 2018

PART ONE: Un-registrable Domain Names and Technical Restrictions to Registrable Domain Names in All Types of Domain Names

1. Domain Names are registrable if the following rules for the respective types of Domain Name are complied:

I. Requirements on characters of domain names:

(1) Requirements on minimum/maximum number of characters:

- Except Generic Domain Names, all domain names shall include at least 2 characters, and the maximum number of characters shall not exceed 63 characters.

- IDN after punycode conversion shall not exceed 63 characters.

(2) Acceptable characters:

- 26 alphabetical characters in either upper or lower cases, numerical characters of 0-9 and connection symbol (-) for a total of 63 characters.

- The dash (-) shall not exist at the first position or the last position. Neither shall it exist in consequence at the 3rd and 4th positions.

- Chinese IDN shall comprise at least 2 consecutive Chinese characters defined by the Big5 System, and it can also include the aforementioned alphabetical and numerical characters as well as the dash may be used in conjunction. It is prohibited to use the mixed format consisting of both Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters in Chinese IDN domain names for registration.

- Japanese IDN shall consist of characters specified within the scope of the .tw Japanese IDN table (https://www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables), and it shall consist of at least 2 consecutive Japanese IDN characters (hiragana, katakana and kanji) in combination, and it can also include the aforementioned alphabetical and numerical characters as well as the dash may be used in conjunction.

- Korean IDN shall consist of characters specified within the scope of the .tw Korean IDN table (https://www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables), and it shall consist of at least 2 consecutive Korean IDN characters in combination, and it can also include the aforementioned alphabetical and numerical characters as well as the dash may be used in conjunction.

2. Un-registrable Domain Names

I. For Specific Domain Names in English Characters: Not available.

II. For Specific Domain Names in Chinese Characters: Not available.

III. For Generic Domain Names:

(1) English: http://mydn.twnic.net.tw/ch/dn02/INDEX1.htm

(2) IDN: https://www.twnic.net.tw/dnservice_announce_restore.php.

IV. For “.台灣” and “.台湾” Top-Leveled Domain Names: https://www.twnic.net.tw/dnservice_announce_restore.php

PART TWO: Types and Requirements for Registration of Domain Names with TWNIC

Domain Names registrable with TWNIC are classified into the following types: the Specific Domain Names in the English Characters, the Specific Domain Names in the Chinese Characters, the Generic Domain Names and the “.台灣” and “.台湾” Top-Leveled Domain Names. The requirements for the respective types are as follows:

1. The Specific Domain Names in the English Characters:

I. “edu.tw” – Applicants must be a legally registered education or research institute. These Domain Names shall be registered with the Ministry of Education.

II. “gov.tw” – Applicants must be a government agency established by law. These Domain Names shall be registered with the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission.

III. “mil.tw” – Applicants must be a national defense or military institute established by law. These Domain Names shall be registered with the Ministry of National Defense.

IV. “com.tw” – The applicant must be a corporation registered under the Company Law or a business registered under the Commercial Entity Registration Law, or a foreign corporation registered under competent national or state laws.

V. “net.tw” – The applicant must have obtained a license for the Class 1 telecommunication enterprises, a license for network installation services or a license for the Class 2 telecommunication enterprises.

VI. “org.tw” –A foundation or a non-profit organization registered under the laws of the Republic of China; A foreign non-profit organization registered under its national, state or federal laws, with particular needs in registering a domain name under org.tw approved by the Domain Name Committee of TWNIC.

VII. “idv.tw” – The applicant may be any individual person, provided his/her identity has been verified via emails.

VIII. “game.tw” – No particular restriction is applied, provided that the applicant’s identity has been verified via emails.

IX. “ebiz.tw” – No particular restriction is applied, provided that the applicant’s identity has been verified via emails.

X. “club.tw” – No particular restriction is applied, provided that the applicant’s identity has been verified via emails.

2. The Specific Domain Names in the Chinese Characters:

The applicant must first obtain the registration of a corresponding specific Domain Name in the English characters with the TWNIC. When an applicant registers a specific Domain Name in the English characters with the TWNIC, a corresponding specific Domain Name in the Chinese characters will automatically registered under the same applicant. The corresponding relations between the specific Domain Names in the English characters with their corresponding specific Domain Names in the Chinese characters are as follows:

I. “com.tw” Domain Names correspond to “商業.tw” domain names.

II. “org.tw” Domain Names correspond to “組織.tw” domain names.

III. “net.tw” Domain Names correspond to “網路.tw” domain names.

3. The Generic Domain Names:

All duly registered corporations, business entities, juristic persons and natural persons are eligible for this type of Domain Names.

4. The “.台灣” and “.台湾” Top-Leveled Domain Names:

Any duly registered corporate, business entities, juristic person or natural persons are eligible for this type of Domain Names.

PART THREE: Fee Schedule for Registration, Transfer, Cancellation and Change of Domain Names:

1. Registration fees and administration fees for domain names(unit: NTD):

Types Maximum Fees
Specific DN in the English Characters com.tw
net.tw
org.tw
game.tw
ebiz.tw
club.tw
NTD 800/year
idv.tw NTD 400/year
Specific Domain Names in the Chinese Characters 商業.tw
組織.tw
網路.tw
Temporarily no fee is collected.
Generic Domain Names NTD 800/year
“.台灣” and “.台湾” Top-Leveled Domain Names NTD 800/year

2. Fees collectable for change of domain names(unit: NTD):

Types Maximum Fees
Specific DN in the English Characters com.tw
net.tw
org.tw
game.tw
ebiz.tw
club.tw
NTD 450/time
idv.tw NT 270/time
Specific DN in the Chinese Characters 商業.tw
組織.tw
網路.tw
Name change service is not available.
Generic Domain Names English NTD 450/time
IDN Name change service is not available
“.台灣” and “.台湾” Top-Leveled Domain Names Chinese IDN.台灣 Name change service is not available

3. System-setting fee to activate the domain names automatically given to the registration of a .台灣 Top-Level Domain Name in the Chinese Characters or a Generic Domain Name in the Chinese Characters: A one-time payment of NT 200.

This fee is not collected during the promotion of the .台灣 top-level domain names, unless the Fee Collecting Committee of TWNIC otherwise decided and approved by the National Communications Commission (NCC)

4. Fees for transfer and cancellation of a domain name: Temporarily no fee is collected.

5. List of registrars and methods of payments.