Eligibility rules for .uk domain names

On June 10, 2014, .uk domains became available. Here’s some very important information:

.uk Domain Names

Checking Your Rights to .uk

If you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk, or .ltd.uk domain, the new .uk domain will be reserved for you until 10 June 2019, as long as your domain remains registered.

For the majority of users, the equivalent .uk domain was automatically reserved when it launched on 10 June 2014.

To successfully complete a .uk registration, the registrant contact information must be an exact match to the registrant contact information of the equivalent third level (.co.uk, .org.uk, .net.uk, etc.) domain name; otherwise, your registration will fail.

Furthermore, if your third level .uk domain name resides somewhere other than HostPapa, you may get an additional email when you attempt to register the new .uk domain, as more information may be required to complete the registration.

For names that share the same website name, but had different domain name endings (i.e. www.example.co.uk and www.example.org.uk) you can check whether you have the rights to the new .uk by using the rights lookup tool.

If you decide not to register the new .uk equivalent domain before 10 June 2019 it will then become available for someone else to register, but your existing domain will still be yours as long as it remains registered to you.

Registering a New Domain

As of 10 June 2014, you will be able to register a website with just the .uk – no .co required. The rules will be largely the same for existing .co.uk and .org.uk domains, with these exceptions:

  • When the registrant is overseas, an admin contact (address for service) is required.
  • PO Boxes are not acceptable in the address.
  • While any address is accepted for owner contact, when using a UK address, country code must be one of GB, GG, JE or IM.
  • Note: UK is not an accepted country code.
  • Admin contact must have a country code of GB, GG, JE or IM.

If you would like to order an additional domain through the HostPapa dashboard, please see How to Register a Domain.

If you require additional assistance, Please create a new support ticket

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