Introduced3 January 1995
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
Intended useEntities connected with Bulgaria
Actual usePopular in Bulgaria
Registration restrictionsMust be in Bulgaria or have a representative there
StructureRegistrations are taken at second or third level
Registry websitewww.register.bg

The domain name .bg is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet for Bulgaria. It is currently operated by Register.BG.

The domain name registration guideline impose the following restrictions: Domains can be registered by companies or citizens of the European Union, or foreign companies that have registered branches or commercial representatives in Bulgaria.

The price of domain registration is €30 per year (€36 including VAT[1][permanent dead link]).

Until mid-2006, the price was a one-time registration fee of US$50 plus US$50 per year (total of US$120 including VAT for the first year). For local standards this was a very high price, and many Bulgarian sites were registered under .com (esp -bg.com), .org, or .net domains, as the registration costs were significantly lower (US$8–12 per year) and less of a bureaucratic hassle.[1]

From August 25, 2008, Register.BG simplified the procedures, allowing the registration of domain names in the .bg zone without providing documented grounds (trademarks, company names) for the name.[2] Eventual disputes are to be solved via the newly established Arbitration committee.[3]

Since September 18, 2006, Register.bg proposes new, third-level domains in the a.bg, b.bg, etc., subdomains (a Latin letter or a digit +.bg), lower cost (€12/year incl. VAT), with less restrictions and no dispute resolution.[2] They are targeted mainly at private individuals.[4]

The domain has been enabled with Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) since October 2007.

On September 5, 2009, Register.bg started accepting second- and third-level domain names in Cyrillic with letters found in the Bulgarian language only.[5]

See also


  1. ^ (Bulgarian) Why Bulgarian firms avoid the .bg extension, Article by Martin Mitov in the magazine "Media sviat", december 2003
  2. ^ a b "Terms and conditions, art. and 2.3.5". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  3. ^ "Terms and Conditions, Arbitration". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. ^ Open letter Archived 2012-08-06 at the Wayback Machine (in Bulgarian)
  5. ^ "Terms and conditions - Label". Archived from the original on 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2009-01-14.