This article describes the procedures and requirements of .uk domain names.
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.uk domain registration↓
You can register a .uk / co.uk domain through our API or control panel. This registration is real time and requires the following information:
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 25 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 ("Right of Registration"). The exact rules are the following:
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 'misse.uk' 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.
Update June 2019
Registry Nominet announced their planning for releasing the reserved domains. The following dates/times will apply:
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.
.uk domain transfer↓
Do you want to see an example video of a .uk / co.uk transfer?
Go to this separate article on .uk transfers
A transfer for a .uk / co.uk domain is initiated like any other transfer through our API or control panel. It requires the following information:
This must always be the first step, as without an active incoming transfer request in your control panel, our system will not accept the incoming transfer!
The registration period after a successful transfer is unchanged.
Additional notes on a .uk transfer
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.|
.uk 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.
Did you receive the error : "Transfer release failed: The tag 'XXXX' is unrecognized"
In that case, the TAG is not correct.
Be sure to copy/paste the full tag and leave upper- and lowercase unchanged.
You can find an overview of all correct tags of all registrars here:
.uk domain update and trade (owner change)↓
Update owner (trade)
Update other data
A trade of a .uk domain is done by updating the domain's owner contact. Nominet will send an e-mail to the current and new domain holder to inform them about the trade. 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.
.uk domain delete (expiration) and reactivation (restore)↓
Delete / expiration
Restore / reactivation
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.
If your .co.uk domain name expired on it's own you can restore it via the request queue restores in our control panel.
.uk detailed TLD information↓
|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: