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Right to Reserve rules for .uk domains

Registrants who own an existing co.uk, org.uk, me.uk, net.uk, plc.uk or ltd.uk before Oct. 29, 2013 will have their .uk domain name reserved for free up until June 10, 2019, as long as the existing domain name remains registered.

For those who have the same name but different domain name endings -- like www.example.co.uk and www.example.org.uk -- can use the Rights lookup tool at www.dotuklaunch.co.uk website to find out who has the rights to the www.example.uk domain name.

When a third-level (.co.uk, .org.uk, etc.) domain is registered with another company and the corresponding second-level (.uk) domain is registered with us, it will be flagged for First Rights due to it's corresponding domain's registration elsewhere.

The Registry (Nominent) will contact the third-level domain registrant via email to confirm whether or not they want the domain name. If they do not want it, they'll need to follow the instructions provided in the email to authorize the purchase. They will have 7 days to authorize the purchase, otherwise the registration won't go through and the domain name will not resolve.

Order of Priority for Right Holders:

First Priority: Those who registered a co.uk domain before 10/29/13
Second Priority:
Those who registered a org.uk domain before 10/29/13
Third Priority:
Those who registered a me.uk domain before 10/29/13
Fourth Priority:
Those who registered a co.uk domain between 10/29/13 and 6/9/14

Right to Reserve Rules:

  • New registrations of .co.uk domains made before June 10, 2014 (provided that no other equivalent .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, ltd.uk or .plc.uk exists) will get the rights to the new .uk domain.
  • After launch on June 10, 2014 any new registrations within the .uk family (e.g. in .co.uk, .org.uk, etc.) no longer get automatic rights to register the new .uk domain. So these new .uk domains become available for anyone to register.
  • Anyone wanting a new .uk domain where there are no existing domains with rights, will simply be able to register the new .uk domain.
  • Domains must be continuously registered to retain the rights to the new .uk - however, if a .co.uk with rights is not renewed between now and June 10, 2014, then it regains the rights if it is re-registered prior to June 10, 2014.
  • If you have the right to register a new .uk domain then that right will move with the domain if you transfer your domain to another person, as long as it remains continuously registered.
  • All rights to new .uk domains will cease if an existing domain is not renewed.

For more detailed information on .uk domains, see About .uk domains.


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