|Introduced||23 March 2005|
|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Timor-Leste NIC[needs update?]|
|Sponsor||Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Timor-Leste)|
|Intended use||Entities connected with East Timor|
|Actual use||Used in East Timor, occasionally used for domain hacks.|
|Registration restrictions||May not be used for any purpose that is obscene, indecent, or spam-related|
|Structure||Registrations are accepted directly at second level, with some sites (especially governmental) at third level|
|Registry website||Timor-Leste NIC[dead link]|
.tl is the current country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for East Timor (Timor-Leste). It is administered through the Council of Country Code Administrators (CoCCA) and second-level registration is available through resellers worldwide with no local presence requirement.
.tl complies with the ISO 3166-1 standard for the two-letter codes of the name of countries, and can be used as an abbreviation in either of the country's two official languages: Timor Lorosa'e in Tetum or Timor-Leste in Portuguese.
Registration is normally directly at second-level; one subdomain in use in the country itself is gov.tl, for government ministries. For example, the Government Portal is www.timor-leste.gov.tl.
The previous ccTLD for East Timor was .tp. This ccTLD was, according to IANA, assigned in May 1997. According to the registry, all registrants in .tp were automatically given the equivalent domains in .tl, and no further .tp registrations were accepted until its removal from the root zone in February 2015.
For several years, the .tl WHOIS information at IANA showed no sponsoring organization or registry, and the domain did not appear to work even though the country involved was claiming to be transitioning to it. However, as of 30 September 2005, there is contact information in the IANA WHOIS and a registry site at nic.tl, although the site has been inactive since 2021. A WHOIS service remains accessible.
The majority of current .tl registrations are domain hacks directly at the second-level by various international entities, often with no direct connection with Timor Leste.
- Name.com. ".TL Domain Names • a domain for East Timor (Timor-Leste)". www.name.com. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "Network Information Centre". Timor-Leste NIC. Timor-Leste Ministry of Transport Communications and Public Works. Archived from the original on 23 June 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Report on the Removal of the .TP top-level domain representing Portuguese Timor". IANA. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2022-03-07.