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Buying a Domain Name in Singapore

Updated on Thursday 19th May 2016

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Buying-a-domain-name-in-SingaporeThe .sg Internet top-level domain name

Singapore has a top-level domain and several second-level domain names which can be used when setting up an online company in the city-state. Singapore’s top-level domain is .sg and it falls under the administration of the Singapore Network Information Centre (SNIC). In order to register a domain name in Singapore, one must first purchase it from accredited registrars.

Our specialists in company formation in Singapore can guide you through the purchase process of an .sg domain name.

Second-level domains in Singapore

While the top-level domain name is usually dedicated to a wide range of activities, the Singapore Network Information Centre has enabled second-level domains in order to help citizens and companies activating in certain activities. The most frequently bought and used second-level domains in Singapore are:

  • - which is usually employed by Singapore companies and other legal entities engaged in commercial activities;
  • - which is usually employed by organizations and foreign embassies;
  • - which is employed by education providers;
  • - which is employed by Internet service providers;
  • - which is employed by individuals creating their websites or blogs;
  • - which is employed by governmental institutions only.

Foreign companies or citizens wanting to buy a .sg domain name are required to appoint a local agent who will carry out the purchase and registration procedures. Our Singapore consultants can help you buy a domain name in the city-state.

Requirements to register a domain name in Singapore

Before buying and registering a Singapore domain name, one must make sure the selected name respects all the requirements of the Singapore Network Information Centre:

  • -          the name of the domain must be comprised of at least one character and a maximum of 63;
  • -          the name can contain letters from a to z;
  • -          the name can contain digits from 0 to9;
  • -          the name can contain hyphens, as long as they are not positioned at the beginning, in the 3rd and 4th position, or at the end of the name.

Before registering the name with the SNIC, one can also verify its uniqueness. Domain registration applications must be submitted online with SNIC.

For complete information about buying a domain name in Singapore, do not hesitate to contact our local agents.


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