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.

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.
You can check this in the whois, if the status is "suspended" you need to provide the information requested above.

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 (, or can only be registered by the same registrant. The exact rules are the following:

  • If a domain exists, registered before 2013-10-28, the corresponding .uk domain can only be registered by the same registrant as the registrant of that domain

  • If no such domain exists, will prevail, as long as it is registered before 2013-10-28

  • If also no such exists, same story for

  • If neither of these domains exists, but there is a registered between 2013-10-28 and 2014-06-10, then that registrant is eligible.

In each of the above cases, the domain is reserved for only that specific registrant – nobody else can register it. If you try to register such domain, you will see the following error: "2201 Authorization error; V334 Your request for domain '' has failed because the 'account-name' for the registrant does not fully match any registrant which has rights for this domain." 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 characteristics
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.


Outgoing transfer

To transfer a domain to another registrar, you first need to get that new registrar's so-called IPS tag. Once you have received this information, navigate to the domain's details page and enter the IPS tag under the section Change registrar tag. Be sure to copy/paste the full tag and leave upper- and lowercase unchanged.

Clicking Submit tag change will send the tag change request to the registry.

Note that the new registrar still needs to accept the incoming domain. If an outgoing transfer does not succeed after submitting the new IPS tag, please contact the new registrar for more information.


Trade (owner change)


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.


Restore (reactivation)


If your 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.


TLD information


Detailed extension information
Technical information
  • Available second level domains:,,,
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 3 characters
  • Maximum length: 37 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: n/a
  • Registration period: 1 - 10 years
  • Renewal date offset: 0 days
    The number of days before the registry's expiration date, that Openprovider requires the domain to be renewed or expired. More info.
  • Soft quarantine period: n/a days
    During this period, following after an expiration, the domain can be restored for free. This period does not apply if the domain is deleted explicitly. More info.
  • Quarantine period: 89 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
  • Local presence required? no
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? n/a
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
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:
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