Guidance

How to stop using your .gov.uk domain name

Follow these steps when you want to stop using your domain name.

You must protect your .gov.uk domain name properly when you no longer need it, to avoid domains and services being compromised. This can include shutting the domain down or defending the domain name by keeping it registered.

If you no longer want to use your domain name but need to protect it from being owned by another organisation, you must continue renewing the domain name and protect the domain name from abuse.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) may delete your domain name if you no longer comply with this guidance.

Your domain name will be deleted and removed from the internet if you do not renew and pay your fees on time.

Before you shut down a domain name, you must evaluate and manage the impact of the domain name no longer being available. Your organisation is responsible for considering the risks and consequences of decommissioning your domain name.

Published 7 October 2019
  1. Step 1 Check if your organisation can apply

  2. Step 2 Appoint a domain name administrator and choose a registrar

    You must appoint someone to register the domain name. The Government Digital Service (GDS) must be able to contact them.

    1. Appoint a domain name administrator
    2. How to choose a good registrar or Domain Name Service (DNS) provider
  3. Step 3 Choose your domain name

  4. Step 4 Apply for your domain name

  5. Step 5 Appeal your rejected domain name application

  6. Step 6 Use your domain name

    You must follow the Cabinet Office guidelines when your domain is live, or GDS will withdraw it. For example, you must keep your contact details up to date.

    1. Set up, use and protect your domain name
  7. Step 7 Manage your domain name

    You can make changes to your .gov.uk domain name.

    1. Renew, modify or transfer your domain name

    If your organisation no longer needs a domain name, you must take steps to protect it.

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