Register a Non-UC San Diego Domain Name


Campus units and departments are strongly encouraged to use only UC San Diego domain names in order to avoid confusing Internet users and to preserve and promote the integrity of UC San Diego. In limited cases, business, outreach, and research requirements may make non-UC San Diego names desirable. Learn how to request and register a domain name, also called domain name, that does not end in or for a UC San Diego-hosted website or server.


Critical Concepts


Steps to Take

Make sure you qualify for a non-UC San Diego domain name

Check your eligibility on the list below. You may apply for a non-UC San Diego domain name if you are a:

Meet all relevant campus and university requirements

  1. Configure your sites and servers to comply with all university and campus regulations, including:
  2. Make your UC San Diego affiliation clear on your websites / public-facing services.
  3. Acknowledge that UC San Diego provides the services your site offers. (You may use UC San Diego logos or text footnotes appropriately to meet this goal.)
  4. Configure your Web servers to rewrite domain names as UC San Diego domain names (e.g., a user types “” in a browser, but when the page loads, the URL displays "").

Choose your domain name

Use these guidelines when choosing your domain name:

Note: Names can't refer to commercial enterprises like .biz, .com, or .bz. Exceptions are on a case-by-case basis and require vice chancellor approval.

Request approval from appropriate campus authorities

Obtain written or e-mail approval for the domain name from:

Note: Keep record of authorizations, including names and dates. If neither of the above is appropriate, IT Services will assess and provide approval if needed.

Register the new domain name

Complete the registration form, with the following information:

Note: Turnaround time is normally a few business days on non-UC San Diego domain name requests because of the dependence on outside registrars.

If you still have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk. You can call us at (858) 246-4357, email us at, or submit a ticket at