Policy Code: 
Effective Date: 
Monday, July 18, 2005
Revision Number: 
Revision Date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Version Control: 
This standard supersedes EGT005-04.3


Align the state with the official government domain (.gov). This will ensure that domain names are under the administration of the state, reducing the possibility of undesirable domains being misconstrued as official government sites. Instill public trust in government websites through the use of the .gov domain.


  1. The official North Dakota government domain is nd.gov.
  2. All public facing domains shall be registered as at least a third-level domain within the nd.gov domain, or a virtual directory under the nd.gov second-level domain. The third level or virtual directory shall uniquely identify the state agency or service.   
  3. All registered nd.gov domains shall adhere to all federal .gov domain registration requirements and guidelines.


Ensure the state is presenting one presence to the public, allowing for ease of finding state information. 


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies excluding the University Systems Office and other higher education institutions, i.e campuses and agricultural and research centers.


Domain Levels:


  1. Web development best practices
  2. Suggest continuation of registering existing domains until such a point when the statistics on usage indicate the non-nd.gov domains are no longer publicly used.
  3. Non nd.gov domains may be purchased but cannot serve content or be publicly promoted.
  4. Federal regulations
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Domain naming conventions
  • Authorization letter/rules
  • Guidelines


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Drafted By

IT Coordinators Council