Local Companies Required to Use National .KH Domain Name

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A notification issued by the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (#0837) has requested that all locally registered companies need to use the national web domain name “.com.kh” and e-mail address with “.com.kh”.

Legal firm DFDL wrote in their regular updates that “If a company does not have an e-mail address with a level 2 national domain name “.com.kh”, it must apply for a level 2 national domain name “.com.kh” from the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia as soon as possible in order to comply with the requirements set out under Sub-Decree 287 dated 31 December 2021 on the Management and Use of National Domain Name (“Sub-Decree 287”).

What is Article 5 of Sub-Decree 287?

  • a domain name ending with “.com.kh” designated for a business enterprise or public enterprise;
  • a domain name ending with “.org.kh” designated for an organization, association and union;
  • a domain name ending with “.edu.kh” designated for a public and private educational institution;
  • a domain name ending with “.net.kh” designated for a company or institution providing computer network services; and
  • a domain name ending with “.gov.kh” designated for ministries and state institutions.

How to apply for the .kh domain in Cambodia?

ASEAN Brief suggests that for a local business to apply for a .kh domain name, they should prepare the following several documents for the MPTC in addition to completing an application form for registering a new domain name:

  • A copy of the company’s certificate of incorporation, certified by a public notary in Cambodia or by the One Window Service;
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s passport (if the applicant is a foreigner) or Khmer national ID, also certified by either a public notary or by the One Window Service; and
  • A certified copy of the company’s Cambodian trademark registration (if applicable).

How Long are the .kh domains valid for?

In addition, except for a domain name ending with “.gov.kh”, all other domain names are valid for one year from the date of registration and are renewable by paying an annual fee.

How much do the .kh domains cost?

The registration fee is approximately 406,000 riel (US$100). The initial annual fee is 121,000 riel (US$30) reported ASEAN Brief.

DFDL wrote that after expiration if the renewal fee is not paid, the domain name will be suspended temporarily. After sixty days without payment, the domain name will be deleted from the system.

The domain name may also be deleted if requested by the domain owner or pursuant to relevant laws and regulations.

From 1 January 2023 onwards, when filing an annual declaration of commercial enterprise, all companies must provide the MOC with an email address having a level 2 national domain name.

Joint Notification 0837 does not specify whether non-compliance with the above requirements will subject a company to any monetary fines.

We thank DFDL for sharing this information – see their article here.

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