.pro Restrictions

Current .pro Restrictions

To register a .pro you have to be;

  1. Providing professional services.
  2. Admitted to or licensed by a government certification body or jurisdictional licensing entity recognized by a governmental body that regularly verifies the accuracy of its data.
  3. In good standing with the licensing authority.

The key requirement is 2). If you are licensed by a government certification body or a government approved authority, you are likely to meet 1) and 3). It's difficult to see how you could be in bad standing with a licensing authority but still be licensed. If you were retired, you could possibly meet 2) and 3), but not 1). In a nutshell, you need a license number and the issuer must be government approved.

The licensing requirements throw up some noteworthy inclusions and exclusions. For example, Ian Fleming's fictional character James Bond would presumably be eligible to register a .pro because he provides professional counter-intelligence services, he's licensed to kill, M16 is a government approved authority, and he has the world's most famous license number, 007.

In contrast, as an individual, Bill Gates, would not meet the .pro eligibility requirements. He scored 1,590 out of 1,600 on his SATs giving him an estimated IQ of 170, has 5 honorary doctorates, but dropped out of Harvard in 1975 to work on Microsoft BASIC with Paul Allen at Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS).

Restrictions on .pro Use

As well are restrictions on who can register a .pro, .pro registrants must abide by a terms of use agreement. This states that you shall not;

  1. Use the Service to upload, transmit or otherwise distribute any content that is unlawful, defamatory, harassing, abusive, fraudulent, obscene, contains viruses, or is otherwise objectionable as reasonably determined by the Registrar.
  2. Upload, transmit or otherwise distribute content that infringes upon another party's intellectual property rights or other proprietary, contractual or fiduciary rights or obligations.
  3. Prevent others from using the Service.
  4. Use the Service for any fraudulent or inappropriate purpose.
  5. Act in any way that violates these Terms of Use, as may be revised from time to time.
  6. Facilitate use of the Service by any person or entity not a party to this Agreement.