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East Timor coat of arms
Introduced 2005
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active; in transition from former ccTLD .tp
Registry Timor-Leste NIC
Sponsor Timor-Leste Ministry of Transport, Communications and Public Works
Intended use Entities connected with East Timor
Actual use Is starting to be used in East Timor, but former .tp domain still widespread; all .tp registrants automatically get same name in .tl although both do not always work identically. Most use outside East Timor.
Registration restrictions May not be used for any purpose that is obscene, indecent, or spam-related
Structure Registrations are accepted directly at second level, with some sites (especially governmental) at third level
Documents Registration agreement; Acceptable use policy; Privacy policy
Dispute policies WIPO ccTLD Best Practices
Registry Website Timor-Leste NIC

.tl is the current country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for East Timor (Timor-Leste).[1] It is administered through the Council of Country Code Administrators (CoCCA) and second-level registration is available through resellers worldwide with no local presence requirement.[2]

.tl complies with the ISO 3166-1 standard for the two-letter codes of the name of countries, and can be used as an abbreviation in either of the country's two official languages: Timor Lorosa'e in Tetum or Timor-Leste in Portuguese.

Registration is normally directly at second-level; one subdomain in use in the country itself is gov.tl, for government ministries. For example, the Government Portal is www.timor-leste.gov.tl

The previous ccTLD for East Timor was .tp. This ccTLD was, according to IANA[citation needed], assigned in 1997. According to the registry, all registrants in .tp have automatically been given the equivalent domains in .tl, and no further .tp registrations are accepted.[citation needed]

For a long time, the .tl Whois information at IANA showed no sponsoring organization or registry, and the domain did not appear to work even though the country involved was claiming to be transitioning to it. However, as of 30 September 2005, there is contact information in the IANA Whois and a registry site at nic.tl.

The majority of current .tl registrations are directly at second-level by various international entities, often with no direct connection with Timor Leste.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Name.com. ".TL Domain Names • a domain for East Timor (Timor-Leste)". www.name.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Home". NIC. Retrieved 5 November 2014. [permanent dead link]

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