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.uk Shorter and Sharper Domain Extensions

Shorter & Sharper Domain Name

.uk is a new domain extension designed to put emphasis on your website name

New shorter domain name
New shorter domain name

This is an all-new domain name extension which is design to be shorter and to the point. It doesn't affect or replace existing .co.uk, .org.uk .me.uk or any other existing .uk extensions which remain valid and available.

Automatic Rights
Automatic Rights

Unlike any other new domain name launch, there is a process which guarantees the rights to new .uk domain name extensions for up to 5 years. This helps ensure that your brand can secure and use it before someone else has the ability to register it.


Important Dates
Important Dates

There is a cut-off date of 28th October 2013 23:59, and there is the launch date of 10th June 2014 08:00. Rights to registration ends in June 2019 where unsecured .uk domains are available for general registration.

Registration Rules
Registration Rules

We recognise that the launch process is like no other before. We have tried to describe the process as simply as possible below. In addition you can download the official registration rules here.




I Already Have A...

Select the domain type you already have registered to discover your rights



.co.uk

As a .co.uk registered owner you fit into one of these two categories

Registered BEFORE 28th October 2013 23:59?


  • As an existing .co.uk customer you will be eligible to register the equivalent .uk domain first when it comes to the market on 10 June 2014.
  • So if you own www.example.co.uk, www.example.uk will be automatically reserved until 07:59 on 10 June 2019. Only you can register it.
  • If you don't register the equivalent .uk domain by 10th June 2019, it will become available for anyone else to register.
  • If you don't renew your .co.uk, the .uk equivalent will become automatically available on a first come, first served basis.

Registered AFTER 28th October 2013 23:59?


  • If you registered the domain, but at the time there wasn't a .org.uk or .me.uk by the same name, then the equivalent .uk will be automatically reserved until 07:59 on 10 June 2019.
  • If there was an equivalent .org.uk or .me.uk in existence prior to your registration then they have the reserved rights.
  • If the equivalent .org.uk or me.uk fail to renew their domain, they will lose the exclusivity and you get the right to register the new .uk once this domain is cancelled.
  • If you want confirmation of who has rights over the .uk please use the rights tool.

.org.uk

As a .org.uk registered owner you fit into one of these two categories

Registered BEFORE 28th October 2013 23:59?


If there was no equivalent .co.uk on the cut-off date
(e.g. www.example.org.uk existed but www.example.co.uk did not)

  • In this situation you will be automatically reserved the .uk equivalent until 10th June 2019 07:59.
  • If you choose not to register the reserved .uk equivalent by 10th June 2019 it will become available for general availability on a first come, first served basis.
  • Should you not renew your .org.uk domain you will lose your reserved status on the .uk.

If an equivalent .co.uk existed on the cut-off date
(e.g. www.example.org.uk existed and www.example.co.uk existed)

  • In this situation the .co.uk owner gets priority and rights to register the .uk domain.
  • After 10th June 2019, if the .co.uk owner hasn't taken up their reserved right to the .uk it becomes available for general registration.
  • If at any point the .co.uk owner fails to renew their domain, they lose the automatic rights to be the first to register the .uk equivalent.

Registered AFTER 28th October 2013 23:59?


  • If your .org.uk was registered after 28th October, any equivalent .co.uk domain will get first right to register the equivalent .uk.
  • If no equivalent .co.uk is registered by 07:59 on 10 June 2014, the new .uk domain will become available for anyone to register on a first come, first served basis.

.me.uk

As a .me.uk registered owner you fit into one of these two categories

Registered BEFORE 28th October 2013 23:59?


If there was no equivalent .co.uk or .org.uk on the cut-off date
(e.g. www.example.me.uk existed but www.example.co.uk did not)

  • In this situation you will be automatically reserved the .uk equivalent until 10th June 2019 07:59.
  • If you choose not to register the reserved .uk equivalent by 10th June 2019 it will become available for general availability on a first come, first served basis.
  • Should you not renew your .me.uk domain you will lose your reserved status on the .uk.

If an equivalent .co.uk or .org.uk existed on the cut-off date
(e.g. www.example.me.uk existed and www.example.co.uk existed)

  • In this situation the .co.uk or .org.uk owner gets priority and rights to register the .uk domain.
  • After 10th June 2019, if the .co.uk owner hasn't taken up their reserved right to the .uk it becomes available for general registration.
  • If at any point the .co.uk or .org.uk owner fails to renew their domain, they lose the automatic rights to be the first to register the .uk equivalent.

Registered AFTER 28th October 2013 23:59?


  • If your .me.uk was registered after 28th October, any equivalent .co.uk or org.uk domain will get first right to register the equivalent .uk.
  • If no equivalent .co.uk or .org.uk is registered by 07:59 on 10 June 2014, the new .uk domain will become available for anyone to register on a first come, first served basis.

.net.uk / .plc.uk / .ltd.uk

The rights tool will confirm if you have the rights to a .uk equivalent

Please make reference to the rights tool facility to confirm if you have rights to an equivalent .uk domain.

New to the .uk domain family?

If you don't have a .uk domain, here is how you can secure yours


Step 1 - Line Type
Check The Rights Tool
Step 2 - Customer & Tariff
Secure Yourself The .co.uk Today
Step 3 - Product Selection
Wait for the 10th June

Check The Rights Tool

Step 1: Use the rights tool to see if another person has a claim

We have provided easy access to the Nominet Rights Tool which clearly states who, if anyone, has first rights refusal to the .uk version. Simply enter your domain name (eg example.co.uk) and confirmation will be shown. You cannot register the .uk domain until registration opens on the 10th June 2014 at 08:00.


No Claim & Want to Secure It?

Step 2: Register the .co.uk by 07:59 on 10 June 2014

As long as the rights tool doesn't confirm that another domain has automatic rights (eg icukicukicukicuk), then by simply registering a .co.uk you have secured that right. From the 10th June 2014 at 08:00 you can submit a further order to register the .uk domain and start to use it.


No Claim & Happy to Wait?

Step 3: Wait until 08:00 on 10 June 2014

Assuming no other domain has automatic rights over the .uk you want to secure you can choose not to act until general availability starts on the 14th June 2014 at 08:00. Should someone follow our advice in step 2, above, they will have then secured rights. If you feel confident that this won't happen, then simply wait for June.

Rights Checker Tool

Do you have rights to an equivalent .uk domain?


Simply enter your existing .co.uk / .org.uk / .me.uk domain, or the domain you were hoping to secure, and should any existing rights apply they will be confirmed for you below. It's the quickest way to understand who, if anyone, has first refusal on a .uk domain once available from June 2014.