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Introduced21 October 1996
TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryAgência Nacional das Comunicações (ANAC)
Intended useEntities connected with  Cape Verde
Actual useGets some use in Cape Verde. Sometimes used and marketed outside of Cape Verde for personal websites hosting curricula vitae.
Registered domains1,743 (October 2017)[1]
Registration restrictionsMust have working DNS for domain set up first before registering
StructureRegistrations are taken directly at second level
Dispute policiesUDRP
Registry websiteola.cv

.cv is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Cape Verde. It is managed by the National Communications Agency (Portuguese: Agência Nacional das Comunicações, ANAC). It was introduced on 21 October 1996 and initially it was managed by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia e Ciências do Mar (ISECMAR), later the School of Maritime Sciences, and finally a campus of the University of Cape Verde, until its redelegation in August 2009 by the current National Communications Agency.[2][3]

The technical manager, originally the Foundation for the National Scientific Information of Portugal (Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional, FCCN), a non-profit organisation who managed the .pt domain name, transferred the rights and obligations managing the top level domains to DNS.PT in 2014. The transfer of management rights by the IANA was published for .cv in June of that year.[3]

ANAC is part of the group LusNIC,[4] an entity which includes top-level domains of other countries including .br (Brazil), .gw (Guinea-Bissau), .pt (Portugal), .st (São Tomé and Príncipe) and .ao (Angola). This is why the .cv domain shares a part of the .pt network infrastructure (notably for a part of its DNS servers), and its technical management is delegated to the DNS.PT association.

ANAC has defined the following second-level domains, each with specific target users:[5]

  • .net.cv: communication and network services
  • .gov.cv: governmental institutions
  • .org.cv: nonprofit organizations
  • .edu.cv: schools and universities (both public and private)
  • .int.cv: international organizations and diplomatic missions
  • .publ.cv: periodical magazines registered with the Directorate General of Social Communication
  • .com.cv: not restricted, intended for commercial entities
  • .nome.cv: Cape Verde nationals and legal residents.

As of October 2017, 1,743 websites use the domain .cv, of which 1,377 use the domain .cv alone, 252 use .com.cv, 69 use .org.cv, 38 use .edu.cv including all university sites such as UniCV, six use .publ.cv and one uses .net.cv. The number using .gov.cv is unknown, as that subdomain is not maintained by ANAC but by the Government of Cape Verde.[1]


  1. ^ a b "GitHub for the .CV Area Recuperated By the TLDR Project". Git Hub. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "IANA Report on the Redelegation of .CV TLD". IANA.org. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "IANA Delevation Record for .CV". 4 July 2014. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ "LusNIC: Who We Are". LusNIC. 2016-02-25. Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "ANAC.CV FAQ".

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