I'm having troubles registering my .UK domain name

Sometimes a .UK domain registration may not go through due to some errors.
There are two most common issues faced while registering .UK domain names:

The following error might appear as the Registry has reserved a selection of .UK domains specifically for corresponding second-level domain name Registrants:

The right to a .UK falls to the equivalent qualifying .CO.UK, .ORG.UK or .ME.UK domains which were registered prior to October 28, 2013.

When there's more than one equivalent domain, the right will fall in order of priority: .CO.UK, .ORG.UK, .ME.UK.

You can check if you're eligible for the particular .UK domain on the "Do I have .UK rights?" page. Simply enter a new .UK domain name (like domain.uk) into the lookup tool.

If you're the owner of a .CO.UK / .ORG.UK / .ME.UK domain name and are eligible for the .UK domain, please use the Exact same Whois details set on your corresponding second-level domain when processing your registration, otherwise, the order will fail.

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.

As the details are case sensitive as well as sensitive to extra spaces or characters, you will need to double-check the Whois details you're using and try to register the domain name again.

The second most common error during .UK domain registration is “Domain name not available”:

This error means that the domain name you are trying to register is not available at the moment. Thus, please make sure to to check its availability in Whois before proceeding with the registration.

Also, this error message will appear if you tried to register such a domain as "com.CO.UK", for example. This domain cannot be registered because it contravenes the Nominet .UK naming rules: second-level domains may not be identical to a top-level domain.

NOTE: The amount paid for the failed order will be refunded back to the source of payment.

You can read more about .UK registration requirements here.

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