When you register a .uk domain name the domain name is registered to you for a period of one to ten years, after which you will have the opportunity to renew it for a further period of time.
Domain names are subject to renewal to ensure that those that are no longer wanted are removed from the register database and become available for others to use.
Your registrar will contact you in advance of the renewal date to check whether you wish to renew your domain name.
If your registrar does not renew your domain name before its expiry we will send you an email to notify you that the domain name has reached its expiry date (the anniversary of its registration or last renewal date) and is due for renewal. The email contains contact details for your registrar to help you to renew the domain name.
If a renewal request is not received within 30 days of expiry the domain name will be suspended. Seven days before suspension we will send you a suspension warning. When the domain name is suspended we will send you a suspension notice. Throughout this period it is still possible to renew your domain name.
When a domain name is suspended all services that use the domain name will stop working. This means that your web site at that domain name will not work and any email using the domain name will not be delivered.
After a 60 day suspension period the domain name will be cancelled and will then be immediately available for re-registration by someone else. At any point during the suspension, your registrar can renew the domain name for you and the suspension will be lifted. One final reminder will be sent to you 83 days after the expiry date: this will be seven days before the domain name is cancelled, so you will need to act quickly if you wish to renew it at this stage.
If you know that you no longer require your domain name you can ask your registrar to mark it as 'renewal not required'. This stops us from sending you the renewal reminders.
What can you do to ensure your domain name is renewed?
Contact your registrar in advance of expiry to arrange the renewal of your domain name.
Keep your contact email address up-to-date with both your registrar and Nominet to enable us to contact you.
It is a good idea to know the renewal date and registration status of your domain name, which you can check by using the WHOIS search.
Visit our keep your domain safe site to find out all you need to know about our renewal process.
If you receive a renewal invoice for your domain name that has not come from your registrar, speak to your registrar to find out if it is genuine before you pay.