Applying for a .uk
A domain name query submitted to Nominet will return 1 of 3 outcomes
* .uk domain name registered (and therefore not available)
* .uk domain name not registered and no right exists (therefore available to anyone)
* .uk domain name registered and a right exits (so only available to the right holder)
Processing .uk applications:
Submitting .uk application when a right exists
The applicant details must match the qualifying domain registrant details 100% (registrant name, email and address). Address looks at street 1, postcode and country code. The match is case insensitive.
The evaluation of rights will take place real-time and if the match is not accurate the
application will fail.
If the qualifying domain is held with a different registrar
Assuming there is an exact match on registrant details, Nominet will email the registrant immediately asking them to authenticate that they are exercising their right to a .uk (to avoid fraudulent applications).
The registrant has up to 7 days to reply to this email and authenticate their request. If they have not done so by then the domain is deleted.
Application rules for .uk
Applicants may be based outside the UK but we require an Address for Service in the UK (i.e. in that case registrars should submit both the non-UK address and the UK Address for Service).
PO Box is not allowed for the registrant address or for the UK Address for service.
A PO Box will only be allowed if the qualifying .co.uk address is a PO Box (however, to comply with the new .uk Rules of Registration, registrars must obtain and replace this with a non-PO Box at a later stage).
.uk right of refusal allocation
The right to a .uk falls to an equivalent ‘qualifying’ .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domain registered prior to 28th October 2013.
Where there is more than one equivalent domain, the right will fall in order of priority:
If the qualifying domain is not renewed (e.g. it expires or is cancelled), the right will fall to anyone who registers the .co.uk prior to launch on 10th June 2014.
If on 28th Oct 2013 no right existed, the right will fall to anyone who registers a .co.uk domain between 28th October 2013 and 10th June 2014 June. For any other suffix (e.g. .org.uk) registered between 28th October 2013 and 10th June 2014 June there is no right gained.
After launch on 10th June 2014 (where there is no right) .co.uk and .uk domains can be bought as usual on a first come, first served basis and do not carry any rights.
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