have made providing additional information for registration of the .UK domains optional. Accordingly, Namecheap also does not require that you specify your identity type (i.e., non-UK individual or organization
) or provide any additional information such as company number unless you choose to.
Due to the GDPR changes
, it is possible to use PO Boxes
for new registrations.
To comply with GDPR standards, the .UK Registry does not show domain contact information in Whois. However, if the domain owner themselves are required to show their contact data in the public Whois (as with government or nonprofit organizations, for example), they can choose to opt-in, thereby publicly displaying their contact information.
In June 2014 a .UK TLD was launched by the Nominet Registry. It became part of the .UK domain family, joining .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, and .ME.UK.
At the time of the launch, the registrants (owners) of existing .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, and .ME.UK domains (registered before 23:59hrs on October 28 2013
) were given a five-year period to register the corresponding .UK domain name. This was referred to as the registrant having the "right of registration
" to the matching .UK domain name.
The deadline to claim reserved .UK domain names ended at 6am BST (UTC+1) on the 25th of June 2019. From 1st July 2019, any previously reserved .UK domains that had not been registered were made available on a first-come, first served basis.