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Reserving a Maltese Domain Name

Updated on Tuesday 19th April 2016

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Reserving-a-Maltese-Domain-NameThe Malta Communications Authority is the main authority regulating communication services in the country, including internet distribution services. At the beginning of the year, the Communications Authority was also enabled to develop Malta’s innovation sector in the information and communications technology sector. Malta has a comprehensive legislation regulating internet services in the country. Among the most important are:

  • - the National Legislation on Electronic Communications,
  • - the National Legislation on Electronic Commerce,
  • - the National Legislation on the Malta Communications Authority.

All legal frameworks were also harmonized with the corresponding EU Directives for internet services providers.

The domain registration policy in Malta

The top-level domain in Malta is .mt which is divided into second-level domains (SLDs) created for diverse sectors. Depending on the type of Maltese company to be registered, one may select one of the following domains:

  • - edu.mt for educational structures recognized by the Ministry of Education,
  • - com.mt for commercial purposes for Maltese limited liability companies,
  • - org.mt for non-profit companies, such as NGOs or foundations,
  • - net.mt for internet service providers.

It is also very important to know that all companies in Malta wanting to register an internet domain name are required to opt for one of the second-level domains in order to preserve the integrity of the .mt domain name.

What are the requirements for Maltese companies to register a domain name?

All Maltese companies reserving an internet domain name are required to declare the right to use the respective name according to the Copyright Law. The proposed domain name must be registered as a trademark with the Patent Office or must be registered as a company name with the Maltese Companies Registrar. However, the company registering the domain name is not required to be a Maltese resident.

All domain registration applications are submitted with the Network Information Center in Malta. The Network Information Center will process the application and decide on whether to register the domain name.

For complete information about the eligibility criteria for the registration of domain names, please contact our company incorporation agents in Malta.

 

 

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