Rules for the Registration of Domain Names under
Kuwait Top Level Domain Name - kwTLD
KISR conducts registration through local main Internet Service Provider companies (ISPs) in Kuwait, http://www.kw/isps.asp, under a signed contract. KISR shall not accept registration in any form with non contracted internet service provider companies.
Local internet service provider companies wishing to conduct registration with KISR, must first get approval from MOC showing their rule as a main internet service provider in Kuwait, then can approach KISR’s top management. Upon approval, KISR can only then initiate the registration process.
C. Application & Registration Process
1.1. Registration Form: The registration process will be initiated by
submission of a complete registration form in English, http://www.kw/theform.htm.
The holder has the right to modify, transfer, renew and/or delete the domain name.
1.3. Administrative/Technical Contacts: Can be local or abroad. May
modify name servers of a domain, but may not transfer, renew or delete the
2.1.1. edu.kw for kindergartens, primary )elementary) schools,
intermediate schools, high schools, academic institutions of higher education
(Ministry of Higher Education classification), and research institutions.
2.1.5. com.kw for commercial entities (Ministry of Commerce
Classification) and individuals (Public Authority for Civil Information
Evidence may be required to support the domain name holder’s relation to a specific category, as a condition for registration. The list of secondary level domain names may be amended without prior notice.
2.2. Category Requirements:
a) Selecting and contacting an ISP.
b) Filling registration form (typed) with correct, accurate and complete information.
c) Letter head (typed) specifying domain name, with signature and stamp if any.
Letter head from Ministry of Higher Education showing that organization is academic or at school level.
Letter head from Ministry of Social Affairs and Work showing that organization is non-profit.
c) com.kw & net.kw
c.1. For Commercial Entities:
Commercial License from Ministry of Commerce.
c.2. For individuals:
c.2.1: General: Civil ID, with brief hand written paragraph specifying the domain name, with signature.
c.2.2:Specific (for Non-Kuwaitis):
c.2.2.1. Letter head from sponsor company showing no objections to the registration of the specific domain name by the named individual.
c.2.2.2. Individual employment must be of sector 18.
3. The Examination
The application is processed and considered, based on the rules in force at
the time the application is submitted, whether to accept the third level Domain
Name. Examination will be made on a "first-to-apply, first-served" basis.
3.1. Special Considerations
(a) Local People’s Names:
a.1. Can be registered by individuals only.
a.2. Third level domain name cannot start with the individual’s second or third name. If the individual’s second name is included then first name must proceed the second name and if the individual’s third name is included then first name plus second name must proceed the third name, and so on.
Following are valid format of third level domains representing individual names:
a.3. Valid only for .com.kw & .net.kw domain category.
a.4. Third level domain name must constitute a real person’s name.
(b) Names of Countries/Cities/Religions, etc:
Domain names that represent names of 1) countries 2) cities 3) religions 4) celebrities, etc. will be allowed for registration only by official entities and sectors that represent them.
3.2. Bars to Registration
e.1.1. Generic Top Level Domain name in the global Internet (aero, biz, cat, com, pro, int,
coop, edu, gov, info, jobs, mil, mobi, museum, name, net, org, travel, mail, post, xxx, asia, tel, doc, pdf, mp3).
e.1.2. Kuwait Top Level Domain "kw".
e.1.3. Infrastructure Internet Domain "arpa" or any of their sub-domains.
e.1.4. State of Kuwait Names (kuwait, koweit, kwt, kuwaiti, state-of-kuwait, state, stateofkuwait, etc)
e.2. A third level domain name may not be a permutation of an existing domain
already registered, unless requesting holder’s entity title supports the
requested permutation. Otherwise, the current holder acceptance is a must.
3.3. Syntax of Third Level Domain
(a) Alpha-numeric characters a-z, 0-9 and a hyphen/dash "-"., where first and last character shouldn't be a hyphen/dash "-". Spaces and special characters, such as !$% and so on, are never permitted. Small and capital letters are irrelevant.
(b) Maximum number of characters allowed is 63 characters.
(c) Maximum number of domain names allowed per holder is unlimited.
(a) Holder Overdue Domains
Any new registration will be rejected if holder current domain names are expired.
(c) Trade Marks & Copy Rights
(d) Magazine/Newspaper Title
An application may be rejected if third level domain name is equal to or part
of a newspaper/magazine title where requester has no authority over it.
An application may be rejected if third level domain name is equal to an internet search engine where requester has no authority over it.
3.5. Conclusion of Examination
(b) Related ISP will be notified once domain name is registered.
(d) Domain names cannot be renewed if expiry date is more that six months ahead.
5.2. Failure to Renew
(b) If a domain name is expired, it does not mean that other users of the Internet have the right to hold the domain name. Expiry date is only a financial matter where an expired domain name may still be active.
(b) A renewal application may be rejected if it has not been completed
correctly and in full.
(b) The domain name must not be expired for transfer to take effect. Renewal
request can be sent by either current or new holder.
(c) Original authority over the registration of a third level domain name is un-transferable. If a "domain authority letter" was originally requested to register the domain to the current holder, then new holder must get a similar "domain authority letter" from the mother company as an authorization to register the domain to be transferred.
(d) All rules of new registrations are applied for domain transfer.
There is no fee for domain transfer.
(b) A domain name will not be modified if expired.
(c) Modify operation can be used to port a domain name from one ISP to another. If so, then the new ISP must be the one to issue the modification request. If Domain is expired, then current or new ISP can issue the renewal request.
(d) An effort will be made to match applicant of the modification request with current holder name. If different then application will be rejected.
(e) There is no fee for domain modification.
(b) Only related ISP can issue the delete request.
(c) An effort will be made to match applicant of the deletion application with current holder name. If different then application will be rejected.
(d) There is no fee for domain name deletion.
9. Cancellation due to Exceptional Circumstances
10. In case of any conflict over the registration of a domain name:
10.1. KISR shall not be held responsible for investigation on right-to-use of any specific domain, and all conflicts should be settled between conflicted parties.
10.2. KISR shall not be held responsible for any damage may result from any domain conflict.
10.3. If conflict occurs before the domain name is actually registered, original domain request will be halted until conflict is settled.
10.4. The acceptance of domain registration application is not an indication that KISR does verify or support the official documentations supplied with the application.
(b) KISR shall not be obligated to review existing registrations as the rules are modified.
(c) Any modifications to these rules or guidelines shall be in-forced without
prior notice, and will be effective immediately.
14. ISP and Holder's Agreement & Representations
(b) That registration of the domain name does not indicate any legal or ownership rights to that name and that domain name is merely a symbolic address used on the Internet.
(c) That KISR, under any circumstances, does not bare any responsibility or damage directly or indirectly for:
c.1. Rejection of domain name registration request.
c.2. Rejection of domain name modification, transfer, renewal and/or deletion request.
c.3. Error in processing domain name registration request.
c.4. Use of a domain name.
c.5. Enforcing decisions made by Kuwaiti Court order.
c.6. Connection slowness and/or cutoff to KISR’s kwTLD services.