In 2014, the .UK registry launched the .UK extension, adding a shorter, sharper TLD to their existing portfolio of .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, .ME.UK, .NET.UK, .PLC.UK, and .LTD.UK.
Alongside this launch, the .UK registry implemented a Right to Registration policy. Under this policy, domain owners who registered a “third-level” .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, etc. domain before October 29, 2013, may have the right to register their .UK equivalent. For example, an individual who owns mydomain.co.uk might have a right to register mydomain.uk.
On June 25, 2019, all rights to reserve will expire. Starting July 1, 2019, all reserved .UK domains will be released for open registration—anyone will be able to purchase these domains.
What should registrants do?
Registrants can use the registry's Rights of Registration lookup tool to determine whether they have the right to register the .UK equivalent of their existing domain(s). This page also has a helpful FAQ for domain owners.
To successfully complete a .UK registration, the owner contact information must be an exact match to the owner contact information of the qualifying third level domain name (.CO.UK, etc.). A mismatch will cause the registration to fail.
Any registrant who wishes to register their reserved .UK domain must do so by June 25, 2019.
Note: Registrants should also be aware that if they let the qualifying domain name (.CO.UK, .ORG.UK, etc) expire before registering it's .UK equivalent, they forfeit their right to register the .UK domain.
What should resellers do?
Resellers should reach out to any customers who may be affected to make sure they are aware of the following:
- How to check whether they have a right to register their .UK equivalent. We recommend linking them to the registry FAQ and FAQ and Rights of Registration lookup tool.
- How to go about registering their .UK equivalent, should they have the right to do so.
- If the registrant allows the qualifying domain name (.CO.UK, .ORG.UK, etc.) expire before registering it's .UK equivalent, they forfeit their right to register the .UK domain.