Why become a Member or Observer?

The mission of the is to promote and connect those engaged in the advocacy, promotion, governance, and development of geoTLDs within their communities and to all their stakeholders. For its members, the geoTLD Group runs regular meetings, maintains communication, shares information and best practice, gathers data and statistics, and develops and distributes common positions in relation to stakeholders.



For ICANN contracted operators of a geographic top-level domain an effective membership offers a number of significat benefits:

  • Connect with a like-minded peergroup of GeoTLD Registry operators on a regular basis
  • Get deep insights in the operations, promotion, leagal and other issues of GeoTLDs
  • Learn from best practice examples and exclusive market research results
  • Benchmark your GeoTLD within the group
  • Make your voice heard towards stakeholders with support of a strong group

For interested parties that have the intent to apply for an geographic top-level domain the observer membership status makes you known about all aspects of the application for a GeoTLD as well as the operational issues of running a GeoTLD.


The GeoTLD Group AISBL has two categories of members: Effective Members and Observers.

Any legal entity or organization can apply to become an Effective Member or an Observer. The applicant must submit a completed application form to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors decides whether or not to accept the candidate as Effective Member or as an Observer at its following assembly. In case of a rejection, the applicant must be informed in writing.

You can apply here for both, effective member or observer.

Effective Members

Effective Members must meet all of the following general criteria, and must be a legal entity or organization that:

  1. is a contracted party to ICANN in terms of the operation of a geographic top-level domain or has the authority to represent and act on behalf of such an organization; and
  2. has documented public support of its relevant government(s); and
  3. operates a top-level domain that is based on a geographic name, geographic identifier or geographic indication; and
  4. has the purpose of using domain names to indicate or identify as a geographic, linguistic or cultural origin.


Legal entities or organization that may not be eligible to become an Effective Member can join the Association as Observers.


The membership fees are agreed as follows from 01 Jan 2017:

Number of registered domain names per members Annual fee (EUR)
0 – 5,000 500
5,001 – 10,000 750
10,001 – 25,000 1,000
25,000 – 50,000 1,250
50,000 – 100,000 1,500
100,000+ 1,750

Observer fees are EUR 250 less than the category they would fit as member. Minimum observer fee is EUR 500.