On the 10 June 2014, the shorter, smarter and snappier .uk domain name launched, which brought with it the biggest major change to the UK namespace in many years. Now, for the first time, you can get the domain name you’ve always wanted on the top-level “.uk” extension directly.

In order to protect owners of .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domains that were registered before the new shorter .uk extension went live, some .uk domains that are available for registration but have a matching .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk already registered may be subject to reservation rules by Nominet, the UK’s domains registry.

Any .uk domain that is protected by reservation can only be registered by the owner of the equivalent .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk that is entitled to register the .uk domain first.

Definitions

  • “cut off date” refers to 23:59 GMT on 28 October 2013
  • “launch date” refers to 08:00 BST on 10 June 2014
  • “reservation period” refers to 5 years from 10 June 2014 until 10 June 2019

Please see the list below:

For .uk domains

  • If you registered a .uk domain name before the cut off date and is still active, you have the first right to register the matching .uk domain name and is therefore exclusively reserved for you.
  • If you registered a .uk domain name after the cut off date but before the launch date and is still active, and there was no matching .org.uk or .me.uk registered before the cut off date, you have the first right to register the matching .uk domain name and is therefore exclusively reserved for you.

For .org.uk domains

  • If you have registered a .org.uk domain name before the cut off date and is still active, and there was no matching .co.uk registered before the cut off date, you have the first right to the matching .uk domain name and is therefore exclusively reserved for you.

For .me.uk domains

  • If you have registered a .me.uk domain name before the cut off date and is still active, and there was no matching .org.uk or co.uk registered before the cut off date, you have the first right to the matching .uk domain name and is therefore exclusively reserved for you.

The first right of registration lasts for 5 years from the 10 June 2014 – the “reservation period”.

How can I check whether a .uk domain name is already “reserved”?

You can use Nominet’s free tool to check.

Is this reservation service free of charge?

Yes. When you claim any reserved .uk domain name, you simply pay our standard fee for the registration.

I do not want to register my reserved .uk domain name.

If you do not wish to register the .uk domain name that has been reserved for you, there is nothing you need to do. It will remain reserved for the remainder of the reservation period if you change your mind later on.

What do I need to do if I want to let someone else register my reserved domain?

You will need to register the domain name yourself and then transfer it over to its new owner.

Can I release a .uk domain name from reservation if I do not want it?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. It will remain reserved until the end of the reservation period.

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