Maine.gov Registration Request

Thank you for your interest in obtaining a Maine.Gov internet domain name. Following are the rules and procedures to obtain a domain name.

Cities and Townships

To register a third-level maine.gov domain name (such as any-town.maine.gov), the following guidelines apply:

  • Cities and townships may only register for a domain name representing their city or township.
  • The domain name must include the city (town) name. Please do not abbreviate the city name.
  • Cities and townships may not register a local program/initiative, such as a local fire department, police department, library, etc. Therefore, no other characters (beside the city and state name and possibly the word "city" or "town") may appear in the domain name. However, you may use your domain name to extend out to the departments; for example city (town) name.maine.gov\firedepartment.
  • Please do not use spaces and underscores within a domain name. Dashes are encouraged, but may not be used at the beginning or end of a domain name.

Counties

To register any third-level domain within maine.gov, the following guidelines apply:

  • At this time, counties may only register for one domain name and it must represent their entire county.
  • The domain must be registered with the county's name and with the word "county" (because many counties have the same name as cities within the same state). Please do not abbreviate the county name; the word "county" must be spelled out in full.
  • Counties may not register local programs/initiatives, such as local fire departments, police departments, libraries, etc.. However, you may use your domain name to extend out to the departments; for example "County Name"county.maine.gov\firedepartment.
  • Please do not use spaces and underscores within a domain name. Dashes are encouraged, but may not be used at the beginning or end of a domain name.

Maine.gov domains should not be used for the following purposes:

  1. Advertisements: A maine.gov domain may not be used to advertise for private individuals, firms, or corporations, or imply in any manner that the government endorses or favors any specific commercial product, commodity, or service.
  2. Campaign Information: No campaigning can be done with .gov domains. The maine.gov Web sites may not be directly linked to or refer to Web sites created or operated by a campaign or any campaign entity or committee. Separate Web sites and e-mail on other top-level domains (TLDs), such as .org, will have to be used to disseminate campaign information.
  3. Link Change Notification: When a link on a maine.gov domain makes the user leave a maine.gov Web site, a notification or screen (i.e., a splash message) should alert users that they are leaving the official .gov page.
  4. Domain Termination: Organizations that operate Web sites that are not in compliance with the maine.gov conditions of use may have their domain name terminated.

Follow the steps below to register your domain name:

Before submitting the online registration form, authorization from your highest-ranking elected official or highest-ranking information technology official (with appointed authority from that office) will need to be obtained.

Cities and township requests should be submitted by the mayor (or equivalent official) or highest-ranking information technology (IT) official with appointed authority from the mayor.

County requests should be submitted by the county commissioners (or equivalent officials) or the highest ranking IT official with appointed authority from the county commissioner. The authorized official must submit a letter authorizing the use of the requested domain name on agency letterhead and include the following:

  • Statement that the requestor is the highest ranking official or highest ranking IT officer appointed by, and with the authority to speak for, this office
  • Domain name requested
  • Purpose of the domain
  • Statement that the use of the domain is consistent with the requesting organization's Internet policies
  • Name of the Administrative POC (Point of Contact) who must be a government employee and must be the same as the Administrative POC listed during the domain registration process
  • Contact information
  • Signature of the authorizing official

For your convenience, we have provided an authorization letter template which can be copied and pasted into your agency letterhead. Submit the letter to:

Chief Information Officer
145 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0145

In order to expedite the processing of your request you may scan the letter and e-mail to Enterprise.Architect@maine.gov. The CIO's office will approve or deny the request for the domain name within three business days and provide feedback to the requesting entity. After approval from the CIO's office, you may then complete the electronic registration form.