The .lat domain name is an example of a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) under the New gTLD Program.
It was created to facilitate requirements for geographic identifiers from various countries and regions throughout the world, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean.
This would be used by organizations or individuals that need to identify themselves as being located in a particular geographical area – this could mean identifying with a specific country/region, city/municipality, or even one particular community within a region.
What are the benefits of having a .lat domain?
Under this program, registrants must meet criteria demonstrating their connection to local communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The existence of internet infrastructure in those areas will play a key role in this process. In addition, the program also ensures that those who have a legitimate interest in using .lat addresses can do so.
Organizations or individuals with an existing trademark registration will be prioritized over other applicants for the use of identical names to their registered trademarks.
Those who are applying for gTLDs should consult their trademark attorney to determine whether they will qualify for protection under this provision.
This has been outlined in detail within the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission's "Rules for the Allocation of Domain Names ending in .Lat".
The TLD is targeted at domain name registrants whose primary activity relates to Latin America and/or the Caribbean region, including governmental organizations at all levels (national, state, provincial, municipal), public and private educational institutions, healthcare organizations, financial institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-commercial or social entities.
The .lat gTLD is not open to the general public for registration. Only domain name holders who have a local presence in Latin America and the Caribbean can register domains under this extension.
Who can use the .lat domain name?
The public interest commitment to using the TLD may be met through any reasonable means, provided that these are not limited to financial contributions, donations, or gifts.
Organizations, companies, or individuals who have a local presence in Latin America and/or Caribbean countries can apply for .lat domains under this program regardless of whether they own any trademarks.
Applicants should possess a demonstrated connection to the local communities in Latin America and/or Caribbean countries, as well as a good faith intention to use the domain name in connection with their activities.
dotLat LLC has established an online application system that will allow registrants to apply for domains ending in .lat. The system is open and available now. Applicants are encouraged to review the Registry Policies prior to submitting their applications.
What are some restrictions on using .lat domain names?
In accordance with the Registry Policies, you are not permitted to register domain names for the purpose of
(a) selling, trading, or leasing the domain name for compensation;
(b) offering third party goods or services in association with a domain name
(c) creating multiple registrations to (I registration) circumvent restrictions on bulk by registrants that operate within business organizations; and/or (ii) conceal or obscure your identity.
What are some rules for using the .lat domain name?
Domain names must be registered in the name of an applicant that has a local presence in Latin America and/or Caribbean countries.
Only those with a legitimate interest in using .lat addresses will be able to register domains under this extension.
No identical names to trademark registrations will be given to other applicants, except for those who have a prior trademark registration.
Domain name holders must use their .lat address for a bona fide purpose in connection with their activities in Latin America and/or Caribbean countries.
Registrants must agree to comply with the Registry Policies, which can be found on our website.