.UK second level domains

In 2014, Nominet launched .UK as its own standalone TLD without the need for .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk, or .ltd.uk. This gave the owners of registered domains rights to register the .UK equivalent.  The rights of registration period is coming to an end on June 10, 2019.

If you are looking to register .UK based on a second level domain you already own before they become available on a first come, first serve basis, you’ll want to make sure to submit your new registration in the next month.


Here’s some very important information to know if you qualify to register the equivalent .UK for your second level domain:

Checking your rights to .uk

For the majority of customers, the equivalent .uk domain was automatically reserved when it launched on June 10, 2014. So if you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk, or .ltd.uk, the .uk equivalent will be reserved up until June 10, 2019 as long as your domain remains registered.

To successfully complete a 2nd level .uk registration, the owner contact information must be an exact match to the owner contact information of the equivalent third level .uk domain name, otherwise your registration will fail. Furthermore, if the customer's third level .uk domain name resides at a registrar other than Hover, Nominet will email the registrant to confirm the registration.

For names that shared the same website name but had different domain name endings (i.e. www.example.co.uk and www.example.org.uk) you can check whether you have the rights to the new .uk by using the rights lookup tool.

If you decide not to register the new .uk equivalent domain before June 10, 2019 it will then become available for someone else to register, but your existing domain will of course still be yours as long as it remains registered to you.

Registering a new domain

Since June 10, 2014 you have been able to register a website with just the .uk – no .co required.

The rules are largely the same for existing .co.uk and .org.uk domains, with these exceptions:

  • Where the registrant is overseas an admin contact (address for service) is required.
    PO Boxes are not acceptable in the address.
  • While any address is accepted for owner contact, when using a UK address, country code must be one of GB, GG, JE or IM
    Note: UK is not an accepted country code.
  • Admin contact must have a country code of GB, GG, JE or IM.
    Note: UK is not an accepted country code.


Pricing for .uk domains is the same as pricing for .co.uk, .org.uk. It is $10.99 per year. Hover’s domain pricing can be viewed here.

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