A .uk domain name registration is realtime and requires no specific additional data outside of the regular contact details for the owner, administrative and technical contact.
Note that for .uk domains (not for .co.uk and other second level domains) a local presence is required. If both the owner and administrative contact are not located in the United Kingdom, you can use our trustee contact.
After registration, registry Nominet will validate the owner's details against online resources. If the data could not be validated, Openprovider may ask you for additional proof. If this proof cannot be delivered within 30 days, the domain may be rendered unresolvable until the data can be validated.
Exception: for a period of 5 years after the introduction of the top level domain ".uk" (between June 2014 and June 2019), a .uk domain that matches a domain in another extension (co.uk, org.uk or me.uk) can only be registered by the same registrant. The exact rules are the following:
- If a .co.uk domain exists, registered before 2013-10-28, the corresponding .uk domain can only be registered by the same registrant as the registrant of that .co.uk domain
- If no such domain exists, .org.uk will prevail, as long as it is registered before 2013-10-28
- If also no such .org.uk exists, same story for .me.uk
- If neither of these domains exists, but there is a .co.uk registered between 2013-10-28 and 2014-06-10, then that .co.uk registrant is eligible.
In each of the above cases, the domain is reserved for only that specific registrant – nobody else can register it. If no corresponding domain exists, the domain is just free for (realtime) registration.
In case of a corresponding domain, the .uk domain will not immediately be active: Nominet will first send an e-mail to the domain owner to confirm the .uk-registration. If no confirmation is received within 7 days, the registration is cancelled; a refund applies.
A more detailed explanation of the transfer process, including a demonstration video, can be found in a separate article on .uk transfers, because it is quite different from other TLDs.
A transfer for a .uk domain is initiated like any other transfer. A .uk transfer can take up to 45 days, depending on the cooperation of the current provider.
Please note the following points:
- Owner: the owner may not change during the transfer process. Use a customer handle that contains data similar to that in the whois.
- IPS tag: the current provider should change the so-called IPS-tag into REGISTRAR-EU. This has to be done within 45 days, otherwise the transfer will be cancelled
- Once the IPS-tag has been changed the transfer will finalize momentarily.
- If no registrar is shown in the whois, the domain is detagged. In that case the owner can change the IPS tag himself. More information can be found on Nominet's website.
- After a transfer, the expiration date remains unchanged. The transfer will be free of charge, but take care of a possible quick renewal.
We've explained this procedure a bit further in a separate article on .uk transfers, because it is quite different from other TLDs.
|Transfer authorization code required||no|
|Method of confirmation||registrarpush|
|Registration period after transfer||unchanged|
|Transfer time||Up to 45 days|
|Advanced and simple transfers available||Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .uk domains is available.|
A trade of a .uk domain is done by updating the domain's owner contact. Note that a new validation process may start, if Nominet was not able to verify the address automatically.
A change of contact details can be done by updating the associated handles in the control panel. After saving the changes the domain name will be updated realtime.
If the e-mail address changes, Nominet may send a registration notice to the new domain holder, stating the domain names registered and their registration dates.
If a domain name expires, it will be unavailable for a period of 90 days: the first 30 days a general notice will be shown, after 30 days the domain name will be suspended and 60 days later the domain name becomes available for registration again. The registrant will receive an e-mail from Nominet.
An explicit delete of a domainname will cause it to become detagged. This means that the contractual relationship will change towards the registry directly. The domain will remain functional up to its original expiration date, after which it will expire.
If your .co.uk domain name expired on it's own you can restore it via the request queue restores in our control panel.
If it was deleted manually, it will be detagged and reactivating it will need to be done by the registrant via the website of Nominet.
|Detailed extension information|
|Registration agreement||The registry requires that a registration agreement is in place between the provider and the domain holder. The text of this registration agreement and any required supplements is the following: