The WHOIS searches the UK domain register database for the domain name and then returns a message with information about the domain name searched for.
Enter the domain name you wish to check in the WHOIS search box and click on 'Look up'. Ensure you put in the whole of the domain name e.g. 'nominet.uk'.
Right of registration for the new .uk domain
The output of the WHOIS shows the right of registration for new .uk domains.
So, to find out who (if anyone) has the right of registration, whether 'example.org.uk' or 'example.co.uk', please type 'example.uk' into the search box.
The new output will also show a UK address for service for non-UK registrants who have not opted out.
For more information on the new .uk domain, please visit dotuklaunch.uk.
Responses from WHOIS
The three main responses you may receive from the WHOIS are:
- Domain name is already registered
- Domain name is not found (which normally means it has not been registered and is therefore available if you wish to do so)
- An error message
For more information on WHOIS responses please see our detailed instructions.