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Why is this name unavailable? Is it on a reserve list? Why can't I register it?

There are a few reasons why a domain name cannot be registered or it is unavailable. Here are some of the most common reasons a domain name cannot be registered:

1. It is not yet available for registration.

2. It is in Sunrise, a phase that is only open to trademark holders with a valid SMD file from the Trademark Clearinghouse. Read more at the TMCH website.

3. It is DPML blocked from registration by a trademark holder. You can verify this by going searching WHOIS and typing in the name with or  appended (, or (

4. It is registered by someone else. You can verify this by checking WHOIS.

5. It is reserved and not available for registration. There are several reasons a name might be reserved:

a. ICANN mandated. This list is thousands of names detailed in Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement; a partial list is here.

b. ICANN mandated temporary Name collision mitigation (NXD); an example list is here.

c. Reserved for Identity Digital use. Again detailed in Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement.

Please check these sources and find another great name available with one of our accredited registrars.

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