Applications for these domains must conform to the PKNIC registration policy agreement in addition to the requirements given below.
In the case of any difference between the PKNIC registration policy and the specific domain terms and conditions described below,
these terms and conditions will apply.

1-The maximum domain name length is 63 characters (excluding the .pk portion), and the maximum length is 67 characters including .pk

2-For second level .PK domains, the minimum length for the domain name, exclusive of the .pk portion is four characters (e.g.
A four character name before .pk can not start with one of the PKNIC second level sub-domains (e.g. com, net, org, gov, gop, etc.).
For example the following domain names are not acceptable: (,,,,, etc). The complete list of
the .PK current and reserved sub-domains includes but is not limited to .COM.PK, .NET.PK, .ORG.PK, .FAM.PK, .BIZ.PK, .WEB.PK,

3-To help minimize website phishing attacks, the following restrictions are placed:

  • Any new domain registration, since August 2013, with a four character name before .pk can not contain one of the PKNIC second level sub-domains (e.g. com, net, org, gov, gop, etc.)
  • Any new second level domain registration, since May 2014, can not end with a reserved sub-domain for Government or Education
    (i.e. gov .pk,,,,,,, Exceptions can be made for longer names who’s meaning are not
    easily confused with government or educational functions.

4- For third level .COM.PK, etc domains, the minimum domain name of one character are allowed (e.g. The label “pk” and all the second level suffix names are reserved for these domain types (e.g. can not register,,,, etc).

5- A domain name can not begin with a dash “-“, and can not have two consecutive dashes “–“in it. These are reserved for IDN encodings

6- Generic dictionary words are allowed (unless they violate other terms set forth here or in the general PKNIC Registration Policy).

7- The domain name is not present in the list of reserved or blocked names. Examples of reserved namespace are INFO.PK, NAME.PK, etc.

8- Domain names are not required to have pre configured name servers for them.

How do I find out if a .pk domain name is available?

To find out if a name is available or to find out who registered a particular name, use our WHOIS Search tool which can be found
on the home page of our website.

How much does a domain name cost?

For domain registrant based in Pakistan, a domain fee of Rs. 1100/- per year will be charged. For domain registrant or their
registrar located outside Pakistan, a fee of $24 per domain per year is charged. The fee is charged on a biennial basis
(two year period) and can be paid up to a maximum of ten years.

How soon can I start using my domain name?

Once the Registry System has been updated, the information in our database is shared with the Internet’s zone files worldwide.
This sharing process is called ‘propagation’, because the new information about your Domain Name spreads or propagates across
the Internet. The zone files are propagated frequently, every few hours. We cannot control the rate at which the millions of
servers on the Internet are updated, but generally your domain should be available to Internet users within a very short period.

Can I change the domain name?

Once a domain has been registered, its name can not be modified.

Why must I update registered data?

From time to time it is necessary to reach a contact person for the domain. This could be due to technical problems or disputes.
In these situations, it is vital that the contact data is up to date. As the domain name holder, you are responsible for
keeping your contact information updated.