There is no special process needed to register a .IM domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
Entities connected with the Isle of Man
A .im is the ccTLD (Country Code Top-Level Domain) for the Isle of Man. It is one of only two ccTLDs that do not correspond to a country (the other being .qa).
This domain name extension can be registered by anyone, regardless of location or connection to the island itself. It is popular for use in email addresses by Internet Service Providers, hosting companies and even individuals.
A .im domain is under th management of Domicilium, a service of the International Island Games Association. It is not under the administration of Man Registry or any other local authority.
When choosing a .im domain name, you should consider how it might affect your brand and what keywords you want to be associated with.
Although any word can be registered as a .IM domain, the best choices are those that are short, easy to remember and descriptive of services or products being offered on websites with this extension. For example, "mycoffeehouse.im" is a great choice for an online coffee shop that wants to be easily found on the web by customers seeking cafes in their area or across the world.
Some common choices for subdomains include:
-com.im - This is the default for commercial websites and business entities.
-net.im - This is commonly used by Internet Service Providers but can also be a good choice for any other type of website that offers internet services.
-org.im - Organizations such as non profit groups use this subdomain to signify their status, while others prefer it simply because it is short and easy to remember.
-co.im - This subdomain can be used by any type of website but it does not stand for anything specific so you should choose another if possible.
-tv.im - This is a perfect choice for websites that offer streaming videos, such as news networks and other online publishers.
-edu.im - This subdomain is commonly used by educational institutions at all levels to signify their status, but it can also be an excellent option for any website that provides information about education in some form or another.
Yes, any person or company can purchase a domain name ending in .IM even if they have no local presence on the Isle of Man itself because this is not required by registry rules. Businesses with offices on the island will, however, have an advantage in terms of name recognition and branding.
The price for a domain registration is based on several factors including length of the desired term, whether a premium or standard domain service is chosen and how quickly you need it registered. In general, prices are around $40 for one year of registration.
The only documentation required is a completed domain name registration form and a valid email address for the administrative contact. You can choose to have a technical or billing contact as well, but this is optional and not required by law.