Anyone is free to sign up for a .gal domain name. Here is a list of entities that can register a .gal domain name.
Please note that the list is not exhaustive.
Individuals (solo companies; sole traders; partnerships; etc.)
Sole proprietorships (no minimum number of users or employees)
Public bodies (including government departments, states, municipalities, and other public administrative bodies) that are legal entities under domestic law
Companies registered in the Registrar of Commerce
Associations or foundations registered in accordance with the law.
International organizations established by international treaties, which are ratified by Spain and whose administrative headquarters are located in Galicia
The same entities can register second-level domain names under .gal (e.g., info.gal).
The .gal domain is open to all members of the public, companies, and organizations around the world. However, information submitted during the registration process must be accurate and truthful.
If it is found that false or misleading information has been provided, your application for registration will be suspended or denied.
Which registry controls .gal domain names?
.gal domain name represents Galician residents. .gal is not the only domain name extension in use in Galicia, but it is the most widely used one.
In fact, .gal domain names are not only popular in Galicia, but also in many other parts of the world that have been taken by locals from different countries and cultures to represent their own culture online.
Asociación puntoGAL is the organization that runs .gal - any entity can register a .gal domain name.
The phenomenon of using .gal domain names to represent Galicians is also called galicomanía or galicismo by its own people.
What are the common second level .gal domains?
.gal is the domain extension for Galicia, Spain. These are some of the more popular second level domains within .gal:
.com.gal - General commercial use
.edu.gal - Educational institutions
.gob.gal - Galician government, including municipalities
.info.gal - General information sites
.nom.gal - Personal name site
.org.gal - Non-profit organizations
.net.gal - Internet Service Providers and network-related sites
.coop.gal - Cooperatives
.pro.gal - Professional associations/societies
Why should I register a .gal domain name?
The .GAL domain extension is the country code for Galicia and has been available for use since June 2010.
As a Geolocation tool websites with a .GAL extension can offer their visitors an improved online experience by enabling them to browse through information based on geographical location, identify the best places or sites to connect, and get in touch with local service providers.
A .GAL domain offers the possibility of operating a website in the Galician language, promoting culture and traditions to make it unique for online users.
This extension is very popular in Spain, where it has been used by millions of local people since 2010; today more than 1 million websites are registered under this Spanish ccTLD.
Domain names in .GAL are largely unrestricted.
This extension has been the perfect option to create websites for local bands, musicians, amateur sports clubs, food culture associations, and many others.