Dates and definitions

Dates and definitions

What we mean when we say...

New .uk domain launch

  • Cut off date was 23:59hrs on 28 October 2013
  • Launch date was 08:00hrs on 10 June 2014
  • The reservation period for existing customers who already have a .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk or .plc.uk runs up until 07:59hrs on 10 June 2019
  • We are using the website name ‘example’ (eg: www.example.co.uk or www.example.org.uk) throughout the website to demonstrate which domain names we are referring to and to hopefully make it clearer for you to understand. For your information the same reservation rights apply to these domains as to any other domains.

Right to reserve

  • New registrations of .co.uk domains made before 08:00hrs on 10 June 2014 (provided that no other equivalent .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, ltd.uk or .plc.uk exists) would have been given automatic rights to the new .uk domain.
  • The new .uk domain launched on 10 June 2014. Any new registrations made within the UK Domain Family (e.g. in .co.uk, .org.uk etc) after this date will no longer get automatic rights to register the new .uk domain. So these new .uk domains become available for anyone to register. 
  • Anyone wanting a new .uk domain, where there are no existing domains with rights, can simply register their new .uk domain.
  • You can check our Rights lookup tool for information on who has first rights.
  • Go ahead and register your new .uk domain today, as usual with your chosen registrar.

Other information

  • Domains must have been continuously registered to retain the rights to the new .uk - however, if a .co.uk with rights was not renewed before launch on 10 June 2014, then it would have re-gained the right if it was re-registered prior to 10 June 2014.
  • If you have the right to register a new .uk domain then that right will move with the domain, if you transfer your domain to another person, as long as it remains continuously registered.
  • All rights to new .uk domains will cease if an existing domain is not renewed.

Type in the new ‘example.uk’ domain to find out who has the right-of-registration.

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