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Malawi SDNP, P.O. Box 31762, CHICHIRI, BLANTYRE 3, MALAWI.
TEL: +265-1 874979 / 999 888 461 / 882 089 166
CELL: +265-888 824 787 / 888 844 657
FAX: +265-1 873944
Email: domains@registrar.mw

Instructions on .mw ccTLD

  1. REGISTERING A NEW DOMAIN:
    Click REGISTER and enter your details on the registration form that appears. We strongly recommend that you carry out a search here on the domain you desire before you proceed to request such a new domain. You can also use this site to register a new domain under some second levels of .mw such as .co.mw, .org.mw etc (see full list below) by clicking REGISTER. You will be asked by e-mail to confirm any request for a new domain. Confirmation is required. For further details read the information that follows.

  1. INVOICES:
    An invoice is available online when your domain is due for renewal. You must login to view and print the invoice. Once you login, just enter a search for your registered domain name and click details if the search yields more than one result. You should find an invoice button which leads to pages on invoices and how to make payments.

  1. MODIFYING A DOMAIN:
    Only the corresponding Administrative Contact or the Technical Contact should modify a domain. You need to login to submit a request to modify a domain through this website.
    Once you login just, enter a search for your existing domain name and click details. You should find an edit button. Complete the form that you get when you click edit and submit it for processing.
    You can also submit a reguest for a domain modification by sending an e-mail to the registrar@registrar.mw.

  1. DELETING A DOMAIN:
    Only the corresponding Registrant and/or Administrative Contact should request deletion of a domain. To delete an entry the Registrant or Administrative Contact has to write to registrar@registrar.mw who will check or verify the request and subsequently do the deletion on your behalf. Domains that are not renewed beyond the grace period after expiry will be administratively deleted.

  1. DOMAIN BEING REQUESTED:
    In the registration form, enter the .Mw domain name that you are requesting. This site also handles registration for some second level domains including .org.mw, .co.mw, .net.mw, .edu.mw, .ac.mw, etc

  1. REGISTER DOMAIN TO: REGISTRANT
    This is required in registering a new domain or modifying an existing domain. In the registration form, enter the name of the entity or organization that is being represented by the domain name being requested. This should be the name of the organization OR registrant that will be using the Domain Name.
    As modifying this section usually leads to re-delegation or transfer of a domain, such modification can only be done by registry staff following a verifiable signed letter sent to the registry by the registrant.

  1. DESCRIPTION OF PLAN FOR THE DOMAIN:
    This is required in registering a new domain or modifying an existing domain. In the registration form, please describe in a sentence the intended use of the domain name being requested for registration.

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT
    The Administrative Contact is the contact point for administrative and policy questions about the domain. He/she must be an employee of the organisation/company that the domain is registered to. This is a requirement for every domain.
    In the registration form, type in the name of the person who will serve as the administrative contact. This person must be from the registrant or organization that will be using the domain name, not a person from the Service Provider or ISP that hosts the domain.
    As modifying this section usually leads to re-delegation or transfer of a domain, such modification can only be done by registry staff following a verifiable signed letter sent to the registry by the registrant or a signed letter and possibly an e-mail from the current administrative contact.

  1. TECHNICAL CONTACT
    The technical contact handles the technical aspects of maintaining the domain's name server, resolver software, and database files. S/he keeps the name server running. The person must be knowledgeable and competent on technical issues, especially with the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).This is a requirement for every domain.
    In the registration form, type in the name of the person who will serve as the technical contact. This person must have adequate access to the nameservers and will be responsible for maintaining the zone files for the domain.

  1. PRIMARY NAME SERVER
    The primary name server is the computer that runs the primary DNS services for the domain. In the registration form, type in the complete host name and corresponding IP address of the primary name server.The complete host name of the primary server as well as the IP address are required. They must match. This site will assist you to check that they match.
    Note: The server must be up and running before submitting an application.
    Domains must have at least two independent servers; primary and secondary, that provide the DNS service for translating names to addresses for hosts in this domain. Establishing the servers in physically separate locations and on different physically separate networks is strongly recommended in order to run a reliable service.
    HELP: Nameservers are available to serve your domain.

  1. SECONDARY NAME SERVER
    In the registration form, type in the complete host name and corresponding IP address of the secondary name server.The complete host name of the secondary server as well as the correct IP address are required. They must match. This site will assist you to check that they match.
    Make sure the server is be up and running before submitting an application.
    HELP: Nameservers are available to serve your domain.

  1. CHOOSING A SECOND LEVEL DOMAIN
    You may register a new domain under any of the following second levels by clicking REGISTER and entering your details on the registration form that appears.
    ac.mw - recommended for academic institutions
    co.mw - recommeneded for commercial organisations
    com.mw - an alternative for commercial organisations
    coop.mw - suitable for cooperative associations
    edu.mw - suitable for degree granting academic institutions
    gov.mw - restricted to government preferably Malawi Government
    int.mw - suitable for international treaty organisations
    net.mw - suitable for networking organisations
    org.mw - suitable for non-profit making organisations

  1. BILLING CONTACT Invoices for domains are sent to the Billing Contact. Details on how to make payments are included on the invoice. Domain registration is operated on a prepaid basis and domains will be marked as expired if payment that is due has not been paid. Domains that have expired for longer than 30 days become due for deletion from the registry and become due for disconnection from the DNS.

  1. USERNAME AND PASSWORD
    When registering a new domain, you need to choose secure username and password that will facilitate you to login later and be able to modify or edit your domain record. You should pick and use unique login details for each domain. You can use the Forgot Passwd facility here to reclaim these at any time you choose, hence there is no real need to remember them. Use of the same username and password for more than one domain may cause conflicts which may render you unable to edit your domain record. The registry can help to update your login details.