Price information

Setup $0.00
Registration $37.90
Renewal $37.90
Transfer (including annual fee) $37.90
Change of the owner $0.00
Modification of domain data $0.00

Useful information about .pw domains

Trends & General Information

The .pw domain is the official country-specific top-level domain for Palau. It was originally assigned to the island nation in the Pacific Ocean with a population of about 21,000 in June 1997. After introducing the top-level domain, the American company EnCirca Inc. has managed all administrative tasks but now the competent registry is headquartered in Palau. In October 2012 it was announced that the top-level domain .pw should be promoted as a synonym for "professional web" - to aim this goal, the competent registry decided to overhaul the guidelines of domain registration.

General Information

Domain transfer .pw domain transfer is possible
Transfer auth-code An auth-code is required for the transfer of a .pw domain
Domain security You can set a transfer lock for your .pw domain
Change of ownership Change of ownership is possible for .pw domains
Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Your .pw domain cannot contain special characters
Numeric domains A .pw domain cannot consist only of numbers
Registry Micronesia Investment and Development Corporation (Website | Regulations)


New registration 1 year up to max. 10 years
Renewal 1 year up to max. 9 years
Notice period The notice period for termination is 38 days before the domain expires.

Special provisions

Domain length A .pw domain may be between 3 - 63 characters long. Hyphens may be used, but not at the beginning or at the end of the domain, and not 2 consecutive (for example, aa

additional Information


Since December 3, 2012 any natural or legal person is able to buy and register an own .pw domain - a resident or a branch office of the company in Palau is no longer needed.

The .pw top-level domain could be used for a lot of different purposes: private individuals as well as companies related to the State of Palau are able to underline an economic, cultural or ethnic connection to the island nation by the registration of a country-specific top-level domain. In addition, the domain currently establishes on the global market as a synonym for "professional web". This way is similar to the method of Tuvalu, which promotes their .tv domain as generic top-level domain for tv stations. Other examples concerning this misappropriation are the .fm domain of Micronesia or the .ws domain of Samoa.

If you want to buy and register your personal .pw top-level domain, then between 3 and 63 characters are available while choosing your desired web address. You are of course allowed to use numbers within the domain or register pure numeric domains. Unfortunately the competent registry does not permit special characters within the .pw domain.


Until recently the .pw domain was a very special country-specific top-level domain without remarkable worldwide distribution. But since the professionalization of the domain, it becomes more and more a really attractive top-level domain for professional web workers. Due to this fact, we recommend all interested parties looking for a professional top-level domain, to buy and register an own .pw domain as quickly as possible.

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