Third-Level Domain Names

Ordinarily, domain name dispute resolution policies do not apply to third-level domain names.  A few second-level domain name registrants have decided to sell third-level domain names like a Registry and have established dispute resolution policies to deal with any resulting disputes.  Currently, .co.com is offering third-level dispute resolution options, as is CentralNic.  

Other ccTLDs and gTLDs do sell third-level domains in specifically delegated second-level domains (like .gov.TLD, .edu.TLD, or .co.TLD) to end users subject to the same terms as their second level registrations.  For these, the same Policy that applies to traditional second-level registrations would apply to these special third-level registrations. Please consult the Registration Agreement of the TLD in question if you are not sure if you can file a complaint against a third-level domain name.


Many Policies and Rule require Complainant to notify Respondent of the Complaint using a Complaint Transmittal Cover Sheet. You can download that form here.

Policy Name TLD(s) Explanatory information Links Forms File / Respond
CentralNic Dispute Resolution Policy .ae.org, .africa.com, .ar.com, .br.com, .cn.com, .de.com, .eu.com, .gb.com, .gb.net, .gr.com, .hu.com, .hu.net,.jp.net, .jpn.com, .kr.com, .mex.com, .no.com, .qc.com, .ru.com, .sa.com, .se.com, .se.net, .uk.com, .uk.net, .us.com, .us.org, .uy.com, and .za.com CentralNic is a second level domain registrant that sells third-level domains to users. Registration of a third level domain name in one of CentralNic’s second level domains requires agreement to CentralNic’s Dispute Resolution Policy. Prior to filing a CDRP, the complainant is required to attempt mediation by contacting CentralNic. The CDRP process is almost identical to the UDRP.
UDRP .co.com
URS
The .co.com registry has adopted the UDRP for use with third-level domains registered in .co.com. The .co.com registry has also adopted the URS