On 26 June 2019 at 4:00 AM UTC, the restrictions on registering a .uk domain name will no longer apply.
Lifting restrictions on .uk domains
Since its creation in 2014, Nominet, the registry for all .uk domains (including .co.uk, .org.uk, etc.), has made registration of .uk domains dependent on having registered the .co.uk, .org.uk, or .me.uk (also called second-level domains or SLDs).
Now Nominet has announced that as of 26 June 2019 they will be lifting this restriction on .uk registrations.
The countdown begins for third level .UK domain owners to secure the shorter second level .uk equivalent, ahead of the Right of Registration period ending on 25 June 2019. Find out more from our COO @EllieHBradley here: https://t.co/Tg05HQ6bB5 #ccTLDs #registry— Nominet (@Nominet) 27 March 2019
That means you will be able to register any available .uk domain name without having registered a .uk second-level domain. What’s more, even if the corresponding .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domain has been registered, you can still register the .uk domain, provided that it is still available.
What to do if you’re a .uk domain name owner
If you own one or more .co.uk, .org.uk, or .me.uk domain names, anyone will soon be able to register the equivalent .uk domain!
We recommend registering your .uk domain before 26 June to take advantage of your exclusive right before it goes away. Otherwise someone else could register your domain name out from under you!
The end of priority registration will be overnight between 25 June and 26 June (at 04:00 UTC).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Customer care team at help.gandi.net.
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