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About .uk domains

Nominet.uk is the sponsor and Hexonet is our backend provider for the country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) .uk extensions that represents The United Kingdom.

  • .uk - Intended for all individuals and entities
  • .co.uk - Intended for commercial entities
  • .me.uk - Intended for private individuals
  • .org.uk - Intended for non-profit organizations

Who can register .uk domains?

Anyone can register a .uk domain.

Registration Restrictions
Must Use
  • 2 - 63 Characters
Can Use
  • Letters: a-z
  • Numbers: 0-9
  • Hyphens (except in the 1st or last characters of the domain name)
Cannot Use
  • Special Characters (e.g.,& and #)


Features Availability
Registration Length 1-10 years
Renewal Length 1-10 years 1
Bulk Registration Supported
Backorders Not Supported
Transfers To Supported 2
Transfers Away Supported 3
Account Change Supported 4
Protected Registration Not Supported
Private Registration (DBP) Supported
ConsoliDate Not Supported
Cashparking Supported
Contact Updates Supported 5
IDNs Not Supported
Refunds

For details on refunds, please visit GoDaddy's Refund Policy page. Most domains will follow the Standard Terms, but certain domains will have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. Look under BOTH of the following categories:

  • Products with Special Refund Terms (look under Domain Name Registrations/Renewals)
  • Products Not Eligible for Refunds

Custom Nameserver Requirements
Must Use
  • 1-10 Nameservers
  • Authoritative Nameservers
Can Use
  • IPv4
  • IPv6
  • DNSSEC
Cannot Use
  • Vanity Nameservers


1Renewal restrictions

Your .uk domain name will renew on its expiration date. We attempt auto-renewal on the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt auto-renewal 8 days later, and again at 15 days.



2Transfers in requirements

The transfer in process is unique to .uk domain names, and does not include a free one-year extension.

To initiate a .uk transfer, you must:

  1. Purchase a .uk transfer for $0 in your account.
  2. Contact your current registrar and request an IPS Tag change to GODADDY. Once updated, the transfer completes immediately.


3Transfers away requirements

To transfer a .uk domain to another registrar, contact our support team to request the transfer and provide them with the gaining registrar's IPS Tag.

A registrar's IPS Tag can be verified on Nominet's list of registrars.

4Account change requirements

When you move a .uk domain to another account you cannot change the registrant's first name, last name, or organization. Please choose the "do not change" option for the contact information during the account change process.

You will need to cancel Private Registration if applicable.


5Contact Update Requirements:

You can update all contact information directly through your account.

Nominet does verify the contact details listed on the domain. Should they be unable to verify the contact details listed, the domain will be placed in a pending data quality validation status and the registrant advised via email. You will then be required to update the information or verify it's validity by contacting our UK Verification department via email.


6Cancellation Requirements

Per Nominet requirement, only the registrant can cancel a .uk domain name. You should only cancel a .uk domain if you are sure that you no longer need it. Once you submit the request it cannot be reversed. After you submit for cancellation, the .uk domain will be removed from the registry on the day of cancellation prior to midnight. At that point, the .uk domain name will be available for anyone to register. A walkthrough is provided in Cancelling .UK Domains .


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