Short URLs

Short URLs have become an essential part of social media communications. They make it easy to share long links with your audience and let you track clicks on your links. Unfortunately, short URLs can create a poor user experience. A short URL could take a user to a trustworthy site or a spam site, but a user would have no way of knowing before he or she clicks. That’s why has made it easy for people to create short, trustworthy .gov URLs that only point to official U.S. government information. is a URL shortener that lets anyone with a government e-mail address create short, trustworthy .gov URLs. only shortens government URLs—that is: .mil, .gov,,, and URLs. You must have a verifiable U.S. federal, state, or local government e-mail address to register for a account. Visit to sign up now. Using is easy: Just sign in, copy and paste the government URL and click shorten. Over 12,000 government employees already use and have shortened more than 340,000 URLs. is the result of a collaboration between and, the popular URL shortening service. Now, whenever anyone uses bitly to shorten a URL that ends in .gov or .mil, they will receive a short, trustworthy URL in return. To create a URL, simply go to, paste in a long .gov or .mil URL, and click shorten. There’s no need to log in. You can also create URLs using any tool that already integrates with bitly, like TweetDeck or Seesmic. Since anyone can create short URLs, there are thousands created and shared every day.

Quick Facts

  • The public can click on or URLs knowing they will lead to official U.S. government information.
  • and track the number of clicks each shortened URL receives, allowing users to measure the impact of their outreach.
  • is open source and was developed in Drupal. If you would like to contribute to future enhancements, please contact us.

If you have questions about short URLs, please send us an e–mail.