.GOV.UK Domain Registration

For Government bodies in the UK

.GOV.UK is the official UK Government domain name reserved for use by authorised government bodies.

Rocket Domains is the authorised GOV.UK Domain Name Registrar providing GOV.UK domain name registration, DNS & web hosting cloud infrastructure to organisations and businesses across the UK and overseas.

Review the following FAQs to acquainted with the applicable rules and process.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REGISTER .GOV.UK DOMAIN?

Registering a new GOV.UK domain may take several days to weeks as its application will need to be reviewed and approved by the naming committee.

As an authorised .GOV.UK Domain Registrar, Rocket Domains will initiate your application after receiving requisite information and payment.

WHO CAN REGISTER A .GOV.UK DOMAIN?

To apply for registration and use of a .gov.uk domain name the organisation must fulfil the eligibility rules for .gov.uk domains. The website and/or organisation must also be exempt from transition to the main GOV.UK website.*

You can apply to register a .GOV.UK domain name if you’re one of the following:
✧ central government department or agency – unless you qualify for an exemption
✧ non-departmental body – also known as an arm’s length body
fire service
✧ county, borough, metropolitan or district council
✧ parish, town or community council
✧ neighbourhood or village council
✧ combined or unitary authority
✧ police and crime commissioner
✧ joint authority
✧ joint committee
✧ partnership body

If your organisation is not on this list and you think you may be eligible to apply, email domainmanagement@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.

* Departments with services handling over 100,000 transactions each years must migrate their content to www.GOV.UK and are therefore not normally able to register .gov.uk domain name.

DO YOU OFFER DNS HOSTING FOR .GOV.UK DOMAIN?

Indeed, we do. Rocket Domains provides a powerful and easy to use DNS Management console to all .GOV.UK Domain owners so that they can manage their website and email hosting needs. The DNS is free for the first year, and a fee of £9/month will be applicable after a year.

WHAT OTHER OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT DOMAINS ARE THERE THAT YOU OFFER?

In addition to GOV.UK we offer the following domains to eligible registrants:

Scottish organisationgov.scot
Welsh organisationllyw.cymru
and
gov.wales
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER A .GOV.UK DOMAIN?

The registration cost for a .gov.uk domain is £150.00. This covers the first two years, with the renewal fee being £98.00 for every additional two year period.

CAN WE TRANSFER A .GOV.UK DOMAIN TO YOU?

If you already have a gov.uk domain and would like to us to host your domain and website, the domain can be transferred to our administration.

We can help you complete the transfer of your domain and website to a super fast and secure cloud hosting infrastructure on our servers and ensure there’s no down time during the transition.

DO YOU ALSO PROVIDE HOSTING AND EMAIL SOLUTIONS FOR .GOV.UK DOMAIN?

Absolutely. Rocket Domains is both a Google and Microsoft partner and can offer powerful Google and Microsoft Email, Collaboration and Productivity solutions in addition to powerful SpaceSuite Email and Web Hosting infrastructure. We can also provide your organisation with a CMS so that you can fully manage your website and its content in-house. 

We don’t meet the eligibility requirements for .ac.uk. Are there any other education related domain names that you can recommend?

If you think you do not meet the eligibility requirements then we offer other relevant domains such as: .city, .town, .london, .online, .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk and more. Click here to go to our powerful Domain Name Search Engine to find a great domain for your organisation.

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.GOV.UK is the official UK Government Domain Name

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Rocket Domains provides .GOV.UK domain registration services to eligible UK government bodies and institutions.