Domain Name to Register
This field indicates what domain name you wish to register. Do not type in the domain extension (i.e. .com or .ca), instead use the drop down box to the right to select the domain name extension.

When selecting your domain name, it is important to consider the following to increase the probability that you will be able to keep the domain name you select:

User Name

This field is used to establish an account for you when using dotcanuck Web Services. This dotcanuck Identity allows you to maintain several domain registrations under the same account.

If you already have an existing identity, select Customer Login, where there are options to add new domain names.

When selecting your User Name, try to think of a name that will be useful for you later. Here are some ideas:

Using the domain name as your user name is usually not ideal since you may wish to add more domain names later under the same account.

Remember to write down your User Name and Password for future use.

Email Address

We need your Email Address when you sign up so that if you forget your password or user name, we are able to Email you the login information.

This is known as your Account E-Mail Address. If this changes in the future, remember to login at dotcanuck and change it. This is kept separate from Contact E-Mail Addresses, as often accounts have multiple contacts.


Your Password allows you to come back to the website later to make modifications to your account.

When selecting your Password, try not to make it too obvious. Here are some ideas:

Remember to write down your User Name and Password for future use. Never let others use your account, as you are responsible for any additional purchases or account changes made with your User Name and Password.

Legal Registrant Name

The Legal Registrant Name is the legal entity registering the domain name. This might be the name of an individual, a corporation, or another legally-recognized organization (a charity, school, trade union, etc.).

If you have a company that is not incorporated, it is not considered a separate legal entity, so you must use your name. You may include your company name following your name, but only using "o/a" or "dba" as in the examples:

Legal Classification of the Registrant

Because .CA domain names are restricted by Canadian Presence Requirements, CIRA must know what legal classification the Registrant falls under. Click here for the complete list and explanations for each category.

Click here to review the complete, updated Canadian Presence Requirements document as it appears on the CIRA website.

Administrative Contact Information

Every .CA domain must have an Administrative and Technical contact. If they are the same person, you need only complete the Administrative information, then indicate in the Technical Contact Information that they are identical.

The Administrative Contact is used as the exclusive account contact by CIRA.

PGP Public Access Key

PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy. It is a standard encryption method used to communicate sensitive information on networks (such as the Internet).

If you have used PGP in the past, you would remember it, and probably still be using it (at least occasionally). If you do not use PGP, do not enter anything in the PGP Public Access Key field.

An invalid entry in the PGP Public Access Key field could cause rejection of your application by CIRA.

For more information on PGP, visit The International PGP Home Page.

If you indicate your PGP Public Access Key, then CIRA will use encrypted e-mail to send sensitive information to you.

Technical Contact Information

Every domain must have an Administrative and Technical contact. If they are the same person, you need only complete the Administrative information, then indicate in the Technical Contact Information that they are identical.

For .CA domain names, there are no communications from CIRA to Technical Contacts. However, many find it useful to specify their web hosting contact or the technical contact in their organization so that separate contact information is available.

CIRA Registered Contact ID

Every time a new Contact is registered at CIRA, they receive a CIRA Registered Contact ID.

If your Technical Contact has a pre-existing CIRA Registered Contact ID as assigned by CIRA, you may register your domain with this ID instead of having to fill in all the fields.

Unless you are absolutely certain that you are entering the correct CIRA Registered Contact ID, leave the field blank.

An invalid entry in the CIRA Registered Contact ID field could cause rejection of your application by CIRA.

There is no method of searching for a CIRA Registered Contact ID by name. However, if you know their domain name, you can find their ID by completing a WHOIS Database Search for the domain (the number next to their name is their CIRA Registered Technical Contact ID).

Click here for the WHOIS Database Search provided by dotcanuck Web Services.

CIRA Membership

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is a not-for-profit membership based organization set up to handle the administration of the .CA domain and registry. All registrants are encouraged to become members of the organization. There is no additional charge for membership.

Trademark Status

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) would like to know if the domain name you are registering is your Registered Trademark.

WebHosting - Email Addresses

When you sign up for WebHosting, you receive free forwarded e-mail or POP e-mail accounts.

Use this field to indicate what Email Addresses you would like, and any specific information.

This information is read by the technician who sets up your WebHosting account, so feel free to type in a note explaining your request. If the technician is unclear, you will be contacted via e-mail in a timely manner to clarify your account preferences.

WebHosting Package

There is more than one WebHosting package to choose from.

Click here to review the packages which are available, and their prices. Click here to review the WebHosting Agreement.

Please feel free to contact us so we can assist you in choosing your most appropriate option.

Domain Name Server Information

Your Domain Name Server (DNS) tells the Internet where to find your website.

The DNS Server 1 (Name) and DNS Server 2 (Name) fields are required, while all other fields are optional.

When signing up for a domain name to compliment an existing website, you will usually put the same DNS information into these fields as you have registered for your existing domain name.

However, you will still need to let your WebHosting provider know about your new domain name, as it will need to be added to their DNS server.

If you are simply "parking" your web-site and do not have it hosted anywhere, you still need to fill in this information. Use the following default values:

Note that while your domain is "parked", when someone types your domain name into their browser, they will get an error message saying the site cannot be found.

If you need to have your site hosted, dotcanuck Web Services offers this service as well.

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