When searching for a .ly domain under 4 characters long, most registrars respond with:

All registrars report "Strings shorter than four symbols long are to be registered directly under .ly ONLY through Libya Telecom and Technology co. (LTT) in the upcoming period to guarantee that registrants have Local presence.

Does anyone have any suggestions for getting around this restriction?

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You're not going to be able to get around that restriction.

Typically registries for internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) like Libya Telecom & Technology for the .ly ccTLD reserve domains with three or less characters for governmental departments and state run organizations, and allow the remaining to either be preregistered on a first come, first serve basis, or bid on during an auction.

In the case of .ly, as specified here, the second-level domains which are officially open to third-level registrations are:

.com.ly: Commercial services
.net.ly: Internet-related services
.gov.ly: Government and ministries
.plc.ly: State-owned companies
.edu.ly: Educational and training institutions
.sch.ly: Schools
.med.ly: Health-related services
.org.ly: Non-profit organizations
.id.ly: Individuals.

As also specified there, and on the registry's site, in order to ensure a local presence, they may require trademark registration and other legal documents, and require that domains not contain:

obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature; furthermore domain names may not contain words/phrases or abbreviations insulting religion or politics, or be related to gambling and lottery industry or be contrary to Libyan law or Islamic morality.


Some confusion here.

First, someone mentioned 'government departments'. It is highly unlikely that a registrar would limit characters to reserve for govt department use. Second, it is possible. After all, bit.ly is a great example. So regulations obviously don't mean much. Third, someone mentioned money. That is most likely the regulation here.

The regulator is likely reserving 3 character domains as 'premium'. Try contacting the registrar directly to enquire regarding pricing.

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