Nominet .UK Launch

A few customers have asked us about defensive .uk domain registrations since Nominet’s recently announced launch date, we outline the current situation below.


What is changing?

Nominet currently provides third level domain registration services in the following second level domains:

  • yourname.co.uk
  • yourname.org.uk
  • yourname.me.uk
  • yourname.ltd.uk
  • yourname.net.uk
  • yourname.sch.uk
  • yourname.ac.uk .plc.uk .gov.uk .mod.uk .mil.uk .nhs.uk .police.uk (delegated)

Nominet has announced that as of 10th June 2014 it will also be providing second level domain registration services in top level .uk namespace. It will then provide:

  • yourname.uk
  • yourname.co.uk
  • yourname.org.uk
  • yourname.me.uk
  • yourname.ltd.uk
  • yourname.net.uk
  • yourname.sch.uk
  • yourname.ac.uk .plc.uk .gov.uk .mod.uk .mil.uk .nhs.uk .police.uk (delegated)

I have a .co.uk, what does this mean?

Because second level domains will conflict with third level domains in the most popular .co.uk second level domain, Nominet has decided that for as long as you are the current registrant of yourname.co.uk prior to 10th June 2014 then it will protect yourname.uk from registration 10th June 2019.

After that date then the yourname.uk will be available to anyone.

.co.uk and .other.uk extensions will continue to operate after 2019, but will also compete with .uk

I have a .org.uk / .me.uk / .ltd.uk / .other.uk, what does this mean?

If there is no yourname.co.uk and you have yourname.org.uk at 10th June 2014, then yourname.uk will be reserved for you until 10th June 2019.

If there is no yourname.co.uk OR yourname.org.uk and you have yourname.me.uk at 10th June 2014, then yourname.uk will be reserved for you until 10th June 2019.

For .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk or if otherwise confused you should use the provided “rights” lookup tool.

.other.uk extensions will continue to operate after 2019, but will also compete with .uk

How do I get a .uk?

Unreserved and reserved yourname.uk domain names will be available to register as of 10th June 2014 via https://purely.domains

Do I need both .co.uk and .uk?

We felt these changes were not in the interest of the UK’s internet users (to put it mildly) and as a somewhat small member of Nominet strongly opposed the proposal throughout the process, but Nominet has pushed forward and the date is set.

As outlined above, you should check your .uk rights and if eligible do not register the .uk until you have a need / 2019.


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