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Introduced 1996
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry LA Names Corporation
Sponsor Lao National Internet Committee
Intended use Entities connected with  Laos
Actual use Marketed as domain for Los Angeles
Registration restrictions None; some names are reserved as "premium names" at extra cost
Structure Registrations are taken directly at the second level
Documents ICANN .la MoU
Dispute policies UDRP
Registry Website

.la is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Laos.[1]

Although the .la domain is officially assigned to the country of Laos, it has also been rented out to some businesses in the state of Louisiana and the city of Los Angeles.[2] No official or unofficial association exists between the .la domain and any government in the United States (see .gov and .org).

The .la domain is also used for domain hacks in the French language and the Chinese language. means "there" in French and in Italian, and in other Romance languages; "" (pinyin: la) is a common modal word at the end of a sentence or a phrase in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.

Mozilla Foundation's URL shortener uses it with the "" domain hack.[3]

Tesla Motors uses "" domain hack as a shortener and a redirect.[4]

Digikala, the largest e-commerce startup in Iran and the Middle East uses "" domain hack as a shortener.

Domain names registered with the .la top-level domain start at $50.00.[citation needed]

The Network information center of .la is oriented to pages based in Los Angeles.[5]

Intel Latin America uses

The Digital Public Library of America uses


The LA Names Corporation, based in Guernsey, has gained the rights to market .la registrations, and they had used the registry services of Afilias and, formerly, the registrar services of DreamHost.[citation needed] However, DreamHost has discontinued registrar services as of May 2006. LA Names and CentralNic, Ltd. completed the transfer of the .la domain name to the CentralNic system in 2007.[6] Cabel Sasser of Panic created "Poopla" (, "The Worlds First Emoji Domain" on April 13, 2011.[7]


  1. ^ National Portal of Lao PDR
  2. ^ Maierbrugger, Arno (10 July 2013). "Laos rents '.la' Internet domain to Los Angeles businesses". Inside Investor. Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "880974 – adding a link is blocked as spam at". 
  4. ^ "Tesla Motors - Premium Electric Vehicles". 
  5. ^ redirects to Page uses the slogan "The Internet Address For Los Angeles".
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Has Its Own Domain Name". Marketwire. 
  7. ^ "The World's First Emoji Domain". Panic Blog. Panic. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 

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