End of priority registration for .uk. What’s next?

Jun 8, 2019  - written by  in Domain names

The end of the five year priority registration period for .uk is in sight. A few weeks ago we published a post about the topic.

Domain names for which a priority registration right exists that have not yet been registered by the end of the priority registration period will become available to anyone to register between 1 July and 5 July 2019 by a specific release process.

We wanted to respond to the many questions people have and clarify the steps to come.

What’s happening with .uk up to 25 June

If you own one or more .co.uk, .org.uk, or .me.uk domain(s), up until 5:00 UTC on 25 June 2019, you have priority rights to register the equivalent .uk domain.

What happens with .uk between 1 July and 5 July 2019

Any .uk domain names that aren’t registered by the cut-off date and time will be available for anyone to register and a first come, first served basis between 1 July and 5 July following a specific release process. The domains will be divided into batches and released according to this calendar:

  • 1 July: domain names beginning with 0-9 and a-b
  • 2 July: domain names beginning with c-f
  • 3 July: domain names beginning with g-m
  • 4  July: domain names beginning with n-s
  • 5 July: domain names beginning with t-z

Each batch will become available at 13:00 UTC each day.

Gandi is ready to take your order

Gandi is one of the registrars specially accredited for this phase, and we can accept your order starting now. You’ll get an error message but your order will still be scheduled for the date and time corresponding to the batch your domain name is in. Please note that we can’t guarantee that you’ll for sure get any domain you pre-register in this way due to the first come, first served rule.

Domain names not registered during this release period will be open to the public as usual 1 week after their initial release.

Register your .uk now:

.uk