Who can register a .uk domain name?
If you want to register a .uk domain name then you first need to use the Nominet Rights Lookup Tool
to check that you have the right to purchase it.
The reason you need to do this is because if you do not own the .co.uk, .org.uk or one of the other UK extension equivalents, then you will not be eligible to register the .uk.
Once you have established that you have the rights to the .uk domain name then you can just purchase your domain name
Why do I need to check for Ownership Rights?
The UK Registry, Nominet has decided to protect the ownership rights of .uk domain names so that they can be purchased in the first instance by the owner of the equivalent .co.uk, .org.uk etc. domain name.
In effect they are reserving them to make sure that people can claim their domains. The reservation has been put in place until 10 June 2019.
You can find out more about the process on the Nominet website
What are the advantages of .uk domains?
.UK domains are shorter & easier to remember than .co.uk. The aim is to make sure that the focus is on the domain name
& the brand rather than on the domain’s extension.
How long can a .uk domain name be registered for?
You can register your .uk domain name for between 1 year and 10 years into the future.
Is there a Certificate of Ownership for a .uk domain name?
There is no certificate - it is all done electronically. You can check that you are listed as the owner on
the Whois search on the Nominet website
Can I register my .uk domain name for more than 10 years?
Unfortunately not. A .uk domain name can be registered for up to 10 years into the future.
For example, if you registered your .uk domain name for 10 years you would need to wait for 1 year before you can add another
year to the registration period & then another year to add the next year. You just need to count 10 years into the future from today &
your domain can not be registered past that date.
How are .uk domain names renewed?
Before your .uk domain name expires you will receive several domain renewal reminders by email. These are sent by our automated domain registration & billing system to the email address in our system. Your renewal reminders will be sent 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 10 days, 5 days before expiry & also on the expiry date.
The renewal email has a link to the Pickaweb Customer Area
& you can login & renew your domain name.
Detailed instructions for renewing .uk domain names
can be found here.
Can I set my .uk domains to auto-renew?
Yes, .uk domains can be set to auto-renew. This is done via your Pickaweb Client Login. We will use the card details on record & as long as they are up to date then your domain will be renewed automatically.
What happens if my .uk domain expires before I get the chance to renew it?
You have up to 30 days to renew your .uk domain after expiry. You just need to login to your
Pickaweb Client Area to do this.
However, if you are unable to renew your domain just contact our support team & we will check everything & assist you to renew it.