Domain Name Policy Announcement

The State of California announced new policies on 5/25/17 that govern the use of the “ca.gov” internet domain name.  As a result, State Administrative Manual (SAM) Sections 5195, 5195.1, and 5195.2 include new criteria for “ca.gov” internet domain name usage.  Additionally, Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) Section 40A identifies instructions for managing the registration, change, and re-certification of “ca.gov” internet domains to help Web Administrators comply with the new requirements.

An online Domain Name Request system was also released to manage all “ca.gov” internet domains. It enables Web Administrators to view/update contact information, add users, and delete any outdated information.

To ensure your domain and its contacts are correct and current, please complete the following steps via the Domain Name Request system by 6/30/17:

  1. Navigate to domainnamerequest.cdt.ca.gov
  2. Click “Manage my existing domains”
  3. Enter your email and click “Send Key.”
  4. Check your email inbox for an email from CA Domain Name Request containing a six-digit user key.
  5. Enter this user key to log in.
  6. Look at the list of domains to ensure all of your domains are listed.
  7. Click on each domain to view or edit details and contacts.

*If you get a prompt saying your email address is not recognized, please take these steps:

  1. Navigate to domainnamerequest.cdt.ca.gov
  2. Click “Claim an Existing Domain”
  3. Click “Register as a new user”
  4. Fill out the fields on the Registration page and click “Register”
  5. Click “Send Key”
  6. Check your email inbox for an email from CA Domain Name Request containing a six-digit user key.
  7. Enter your User Key to log in
  8. Enter your domain name and a justification (i.e. I am the new web administrator for this website)
  9. Click “Claim”

As described in SIMM 40A, you will receive an email annually to re-certify that the domain and its contacts are current.

Questions regarding policy should be directed to the CDT Office of Governmental Affairs at ITPolicy.

Please direct technical questions to the CDT Office of Digital Innovation at Info.Eservices@state.ca.gov.

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