.CL represents the official domain extension or internet country code top-level domain of Chile. In the past years, it was only available to Chilean citizens or business entities legally operating and paying taxes in Chile. However, these policies have changed and registration is now available to everyone regardless of what country they come from.
There is no special process needed to register a .CL domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
According to regulations by NIC Chile, any person with a connection to Chile is allowed to register a .cl domain name. This includes citizens and companies in Chile, as well as anyone else with a Chilean address.
The following entities can own this domain name.
Individual Chilean local
A small business owner
A retail worker
A mechanical technician
An employee of an international firm with a work permit
When registering for a .cl domain name, it's important to give correct details, including names and contact information.
Who controls the .cl domain names?
In Chile, the .cl domain names are controlled by NIC Chile since its foundation. It is a private company which also controls the .com.cl and .net.cl domain names.
It has been an effective process because Chile has one of the highest levels of internet penetration in South America and continues to grow at a fast rate.
People that want to register a .cl domain name must go through NIC Chile.
Domains can be registered for up to 10 years, the most extended term allowed in Latin America.
NIC Chile has also been able to adapt itself quickly to market changes and new internet demands. It does not provide technical infrastructure facilities (such as DNS servers) but controls all registrations in this space directly or through resellers members of its accreditation program.
Its registration policies are detailed in the Terms and Conditions document that you must accept when registering a .cl domain name.
How can I own a .cl domain name?
If you need a .cl domain name, the following steps will help you obtain one.
Identify an available domain name.
Once you get the name, save it somewhere.
You can then choose an accredited registrar and register it for a specific time.
What is the registration period for .cl domains?
A domain name in the.CL namespace may be renewed for 1 to 10 years, depending on the chosen period of registration or renewal.
.CL domains are available at relatively low prices compared with other TLDs since their intention is primarily for commercial use by entities in Chile rather than non-commercial use by individuals abroad.
How long does it take to complete my .cl domain registration?
It can take up to 24 hours, or it might take 48 hours to complete your .cl domain registration. You will receive an email when your domain is successfully registered.
Should you have any other questions or help, you can always reach out to the customer support of your domain registrar.
Why should I own a .cl domain name?
A .cl web address can be an efficient way to attract Chile's business market and those from other Latin American countries.
The top-level domain name extension was created for Chile and is considered the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Chile.
This means that only those with a registered business in Chile or with a branch office can register a .cl web address.
There are some exceptions to this rule, though they are few, and gaining approval is difficult.
Citizens of other Latin American nations can also take advantage of a .cl name if they have ties to Chile, such as being born there, having parents or grandparents from Chile, or participating in an exchange program.
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