.VE represents the official domain extension or internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Venezuela. It is unrestricted and can be registered by private individuals, companies or international corporations from anywhere in the world. This domain suffix is intended for entities wishing to establish a connection with Venezuela but it is open to anyone.
There is no special process needed to register a .VE domain name, no special action is needed on your end.
Venezuela's Network Information Center manages the .ve ccTLD. The Venezuelan government has made internationalized domain name registration available for all .ve domain names.
The Network Information Center Foundation manages the resources for Internet infrastructure in general and manages the registration services required by any individual or business wanting to register a .ve domain name.
One of the main functions of this foundation is to authorize and supervise Venezuelan country code domains (ccTLDs) (including .ve).
What are the common second-level .ve domains?
Most websites using a .ve domain name use either .com.ve or .org.ve. It is possible to find websites with other endings such as .edu.ve, .gob.ve, and even .net.ve, but they are much less common.
Why choose a .ve domain?
There are many reasons to use a Venezuelan top-level domain name extension for your websites or web pages. One of these is that international organizations are familiar with domains ending in ".com", for example, but not with .ve domains.
This is one of the reasons why websites for Venezuelan entities usually have a second-level domain name ending in .com.ve, this being the only second-level domain name that international organizations recognize as belonging to Venezuela.
In addition, you can focus on your target market by having a domain name extension that is familiar to them.
Can you register .ve Domain Without Local Presence?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) limits the registration of internationalized domain names to those which have a local presence in the country whose code is being used.
This means that websites using third-level domains under .ve must meet certain requirements so as not to conflict with local laws.
You can register for a second level.ve domain name under certain circumstances. The Venezuelan government insists that to qualify for the registration of a .ve Domain Name it is necessary to have some link or connection with Venezuela, but the criteria are flexible and not so stringent.
What documents do you need to register .ve Domain Name?
Individuals and foreign companies must have a Venezuelan associate that guarantees the domain name they want to obtain will not infringe on the rights of third parties, particularly trademarks.
The following list includes all of the documents you will need when applying for your .ve domain: Visa or residence card.
If you are Venezuelan, you must provide your cédula de identidad or Pasaporte. Two photocopies of your passport or cédula.
If you are a foreigner, you must present a visa allowing you to stay in Venezuela for at least 180 days. Letter from the guarantee company that backs the domain name (this can be a Venezuelan bank).
The letter must include the following information:
- Name of the registrant.
- Signature of the owner agreeing to have their domain name registered in .ve for which they are guaranteeing service.
- Address corresponding to the guarantee company, including postal code.
- Telephone and fax numbers.
- Company name and contact person's full name and title of the company owner or legal representative who will be responsible for requesting the domain registration.
The address of the Venezuelan bank or guarantee company must correspond to a physical location within Venezuela.
An office within your home does not meet this requirement. The bank must require the following information for registration:
- "Account Holder's full name" (in Spanish)
- "Beneficiary address without postal code", meaning the bank will not need a Venezuelan postal code.
- "Address of domicile or residence." This is where you are registering your domain from, so it should correspond to your address outside Venezuela.
- "Telephone number" and "Fax number". The bank cannot have a Venezuelan phone number because it will not be able to register you a .ve domain without a physical office in Venezuela.
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