What name can I register?
The registrant name must meet one of the following requirements:
- The registrant name must contain 4 or more characters (any). - OR -
- The registrant name must contain 3 or more letters (a-z).
Explanation: If numbers or punctuation are included in the registrant name (registrant name consists of any type of characters), the minimum length is 4 characters. If there are only letters from a-z in the registrant name, there must be a minimum of 3 characters.
There are three aspects to choosing a domain name:
- The choice of Top Level Domain – such as .uk
- The choice of Second Level Domain - such as .co.uk, .plc.uk or .me.uk
- The name itself - such as bbc.co.uk
Domain names must cpr144449003101 meet the following requirements:
The Third Level Domain may only contain the following thirty-seven characters ("Characters") or a combination thereof:
- the twenty-six unaccented Roman letters (i.e. a-z inclusive);
- the ten western digits (i.e. 0-9 inclusive); and
- The first or last Characters of a Third Level Domain may not be a hyphen.
- Nominet does not offer Internationalized Domain Names and so domain names that start with the characters "xn--" (i.e. "xn" followed by two dashes) may not be registered.
- For policy reasons Characters corresponding to an existing SLD in .uk shall not be permitted as a Third Level Domain within co.uk, me.uk, org.uk and net.uk. At present these are the following: ac, co, gov, ltd, me, mil, mod, net, nhs, nic, org, plc, police and sch.
- For a combination of policy and continuing technical reasons the Characters "com" and "uk" shall not be permitted as a Third Level Domain within co.uk, me.uk, org.uk or net.uk.
- Until further notice, the Domain Name (e.g. internet.co.uk) may not be more than sixty-four Characters long in total, including the SLD and TLD. It has been intend to allow longer domain names, where the third level domain has a maximum of 63 Characters. This change will be brought in when possible and the amended limit shall take effect when announced on Nominet's website.