.UK domain registration requirements

The .UK domain is the ccTLD for the United Kingdom and is one of the domains which may require its owner to provide additional information for registration.

GDPR regulations have made these data requirements 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.

However, you do need to make sure that the Registrant name and contact information that you supply for your .UK domains are valid, up-to-date, and meet Registry standards. You can read more about Registry Data Quality policy here.

To register your .UK domain, first visit Domain Search page to check its availability, then proceed with your registration. It’s important to note that the .UK Domain Registry requires you to enter the exact same Whois details used on your corresponding second-level domain (.CO.UK, .ORG.UK or .ME.UK in the order of priority) when processing your registration.

Additionally, the Registry no longer allows the use of PO Boxes for new registrations. The only exception is if you are claiming your .UK domain and had previously used a PO Box when registering a second-level .UK domain. In this case, you must use the same information.

In order to remain compliant with the .UK Registry terms, you will also need to update the Whois information on both domains (your new .UK domain and its second-level equivalent, .CO.UK, .ORG.UK or .ME.UK, if applicable) after the registration is completed.
NOTE 1: 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 Whois contact information.

As always, you may contact our Support Team for assistance with any of these issues.

Second-level .UK domains (.CO.UK, .ORG.UK or .ME.UK, for example) do not have any special requirements other than those specified above.

If you have second-level .UK domains at another Registrar, you can still register .UK through Namecheap. Additional verification may be required at the Registry level and you will receive an email with the instructions from the .UK Registry.

NOTE 2: .UK domains which are registered by second-level .UK owners are not live or active until domain contacts are verified, thus it is not possible to manage a domain name until after verification is completed. Domains that have not been verified after 7 days will be deleted.

NOTE 3: Owners of qualifying domains have until June 10, 2019 to exercise their right to .UK domains.

You may find further details on registration rights of .UK domains on the .UK Registry site.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Support Team.


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