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
  • Revised by the 110th Domain Name Committee Meeting, Nov 29, 2019

PART ONE: Reserved Domain Names and Technical Restrictions 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 length and acceptable characters of domain names:

(1) Length Requirements

- Except Second Level English Domain Names, French IDN and German IDN (at least 3 characters), 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.

- Thai IDN shall consist of characters specified within the scope of the .tw Thai IDN table (https://www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables), and it shall consist of at least 2 consecutive Thai 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.

- French IDN shall consist of characters specified within the scope of the .tw French IDN table (https://www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables), and it shall consist of at least 1 non-ASCII character in combination, and it can also include 26 alphabetical characters in either upper or lower cases, numerical characters of 0-9 and connection symbol (-)

- German IDN shall consist of characters specified within the scope of the .tw German IDN table (https://www.iana.org/domains/idn-tables), and it shall consist of at least 1 non-ASCII character in combination, and it can also include 26 alphabetical characters in either upper or lower cases, numerical characters of 0-9 and connection symbol (-).

2. Reserved Domain Names

Second Level Domain Names: https://www.twnic.net.tw/dnservice_announce_restore.php

PART TWO:Eligibity Requirements

1. Third Level Domain Names:

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 National Development council.

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. Second Level Domain Names:

No particular restriction is applied

PART THREE: Fee Schedule for All Types of Domain Names::

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

Types Maximum Fees
Third Level Domain Names
edu.tw
gov.tw
mil.tw
Set by relevant government agencies.
com.tw
net.tw
org.tw
game.tw
ebiz.tw
club.tw
NTD 800/year
idv.tw NTD 400/year
Second Level Domain Names NTD 800/year

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

3. List of registrars and methods of payments