.LV represents the official domain extension or the internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Latvia. This domain extension was introduced to the market in 1993 and was intended for entities with Latvian connections. Registration is open to foreign companies as citizenship or local presence is not a requirement for eligibility.
There is no special process needed to register a .LV domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
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Who can register a .lv domain name?
A .lv domain can be registered by any individual or business who is a citizen of the Republic of Latvia, regardless of where they are located.
This policy allows companies and individuals from all over the world to register .lv domain names.
Who regulates a .lv domain name?
The Latvian Internet Foundation (LIF) is the governing body for all top-level domains in Latvia, including .ir. The LIF controls registration policies and procedures related to each TLD, as well as its release date once it has been allocated by ICANN or another registry authority.
How do I get a .lv domain name?
There are four steps to getting your own .lv domain. First, you’ll need to come up with an idea for the website or online presence that will be housed on this new address.
Then you can move onto registration where the LIF registers your choice of second-level .lv domain name with the top-level .ir extension.
From there, you can set up your hosting plan to be compatible with both your desired second-level domain and the underlying top level .lv registry requirements for it to function properly in all browsers.
Then you’ll need to get an SSL certificate so that visitors know they are in the right place when they come to your website.
What are the common Second-level .lv domains?
The most common second-level domains for .lv include:
Both of these extensions are open to registration by any individual or business who is a citizen of Latvia, regardless of where they are located.
Other notable popular second-level .lv domains are:
This domain is available for institutions of higher learning in Latvia, or anywhere else worldwide that are teaching the Latvian language to students living abroad.
It’s also open to companies that have a business presence in both Latvia and other countries throughout the world.
This domain is open to any government agency or institution of the Republic of Latvia, as well as international governmental institutions that have a presence in the country.
Which .lv domain is best for online businesses?
The .com.lv domain is best for online businesses that have a clear connection to Latvia, including those from the country itself or others with an international presence in both countries.
How much does a .lv domain cost?
Domain registration fees vary depending on who is registering, and which second-level name they are choosing. These rates can be found on the official website of the LIF, which is updated regularly as prices change.
- .com/.net/.org - from 16 EUR/year
- .edu - from 20 EUR/year
- .gov - from 100 EUR/year*
- .lv - from 12 EUR/year
- .info/.biz/.name/.pro - from 12 EUR/year
What documents do I need to register a .lv domain name??
To register a .lv domain name, you will need copies of the following documents:
Proof of your citizenship in Latvia
A copy of your business registration certificate if the registrant is not an individual or legal entity. This is required regardless of where they are located.
A letter from their government confirming this status may be substituted if they are not able to provide an authentic copy.
A copy of the applicant’s passport or government-issued ID if they are a natural person
Proof that you have an active website with email services for at least six months, as well as hosting space to house your domain name. A letter from your web host confirming this can be substituted in lieu of proof. The .gov.lv domain name is not available for registration by individuals or legal entities, only governmental institutions.