Domain name registration and transfer (.uk)
Produced in partnership with Ed Boal of Stephenson Law

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Ed Boal of Stephenson Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Domain name registration and transfer (.uk)
  • Background to the .uk ccTLD
  • The .uk namespace
  • Domain names registered at the top level
  • Domain names registered at the second level
  • Registration of domain names within the .uk ccTLD
  • Rules for registration
  • Registration process
  • Duration of registrations
  • Transfer of domain names within the .uk namespace
  • More...

Domain name registration and transfer (.uk)

This Practice Note explains the rules relating to the register and transfer of domain names within the .uk country code top-level domain (ccTLD). It covers:

  1. Background to the .uk ccTLD

  2. The .uk namespace

  3. Registration of domain names within the .uk ccTLD

  4. Transfer of domain names within the .uk namespace

  5. Licensing of domain names

  6. Privacy of Registrants’ information

For more information on domain names generally, see: Domain names—overview.

This Practice Note does not cover the transfer of .com or other generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) names, but information on this can be found in Practice Note: Domain name transfer (.com).

Background to the .uk ccTLD

The .uk ccTLD was one of the first ccTLDs to be created following delegation (the point at which a Top Level Domain (TLD) becomes part of the internet) of the .us ccTLD in March 1985.

While ccTLDs are generally derived from the two-letter ‘alpha-2’ codes under the ISO 3166-1 standard, .uk represents a departure from the official ‘GB’ designation (.gb was created after .uk and, although reserved, is no longer in use).

Nominet is the manager, or Network Information Centre, for the .uk ccTLD (under the terms of an ‘exchange of letters’ with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the not-for-profit organisation which oversees the operation of the domain name system) as well as the .cymru and .wales

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