Understanding k12.mo.us Domain
- Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
MOREnet is the IANA designated registrar for the k12.mo.us domain. Although we are the registrar, we do not own the domain. Any Missouri K12 institution can register a [something].k12.mo.us domain with MOREnet. You do not have to be a MOREnet member to use a k12.mo.us domain, but your [something].k12.mo.us domain must be registered through MOREnet and cannot be transferred to another registrar. There is no charge to register for a k12.mo.us domain.
MOREnet is the IANA designated registrar for the following domains in Missouri:
.k12.mo.us -- State Funded Public Schools
.pvt.k12.mo.us -- Private Schools
.cc.mo.us -- Community Colleges
.tec.mo.us -- Technical and Vocational Schools
.lib.mo.us -- State Funded Libraries
Also, MOREnet has the rights to, and is the registrar for, the .missouri.org domain.
Registering a domain with a registrar, and hosting the domain (technically ‘hosting the DNS’) are two different things.
Sometimes the registrar will ~also~ host your DNS, but that’s not a requirement. You can have someone else host the DNS.
If you are a MOREnet member, MOREnet can also host your DNS.
If you’re not a MOREnet member, someone else will have to host your DNS
If you have a domain outside of k12.mo.us and you are a MOREnet member, then MOREnet can host your DNS.
So for example, if you purchased the right to use the domain hopskotchia-K12.org from another registrar, and are a MOREnet member, then MOREnet could host your DNS.