Introduced25 March 1994
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryZambia Information and Communications Technology Authority
SponsorZambia Information and Communications Technology Authority
Intended useEntities connected with
Actual useGets some use in Zambia, although .com is more widely used.
Registration restrictionsLegal entities with a presence in Zambia.
StructureRegistrations are made at the third level beneath established sub-domains; registered ISPs can register at the second level, although there are some unexplained exceptions to this rule.[1]
Registry websiteZICTA

.zm is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Zambia. Registrants of .zm domains must "have a presence in Zambia".[2]

Second-level domains

Registrants are required to register domains at the third level under an existing second-level domain (SLD). There are eleven second-level domains:[3]

The designations above are assumed based on observed practices and standard conventions, as ZICTA (the ccTLD registry) do not maintain online documentation codifying this. Most entities will generally register either a .co.zm or .org.zm domain, if they choose to use the ccTLD rather than a generic top-level domain.

The one documented exception to the requirement to register at the third level is that "registered ISPs"[2] may register at the second level—e.g., zamnet.zm. However, there are several undocumented variances to this rule—e.g., the Bank of Zambia's domain is boz.zm, and the regulator (ZICTA) operates under zicta.zm.


ISPs are required to be registered with ZICTA,[2] and only registered ISPs may be accredited as registrars. ZICTA lists ISPs on their website.[4]


  1. ^ "Bank of Zambia". Bank of Zambia. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Domain Name Registration Form" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  3. ^ "Preworx, Registering a new dot-zm domain?". Preworx, Registering a new dot-zm domain?. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Public Notice: List of Licensed Electronic Communication Operators". Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority. ZICTA. Retrieved 27 December 2020.