Guidance

Make changes to your .gov.uk domain name

How to renew, modify and transfer your .gov.uk domain name.

Renew your domain name

You must renew your domain name by contacting your registrar well in advance of its expiry date to make sure your service is uninterrupted. GDS recommends renewing your domain name at least one month before its expiry date.

If your current registrar does not offer multi-factor authentication you should also consider moving to a registrar that offers this capability.

If you do not renew your domain name before it expires, the domain name will automatically be suspended and removed from the internet.

Modify your domain name

The domain name administrator can contact their registrar to:

  • update existing contact details

  • change DNS records of your domain name

If you want to change your domain name you will need to submit a new application.

Transfer your domain name

You can transfer an active domain name from one:

  • owner to another owner

  • registrar to another registrar

To transfer your domain name to another owner you will need to show GDS written permission from the current owner and the new owner. If the old domain name owner does not exist anymore email domainmanagement@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.

If you transfer a domain name from one registrar to another registrar, you need to make sure the new registrar is an approved .gov.uk registrar and offers multi-factor authentication. You do not need to involve your existing registrar in the transfer process. Email domainmanagement@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk for more information.

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.

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

    1. Stop using your domain name