Domain Validation

The Registry for domain names requires accurate data when a .uk domain is registered. Following registration, a validation email is sent to the Registrant who is required to provide documentation within 30 days to validate the details and avoid suspension.

The validation email contains a link to a verification page. On this page, Registrants should upload documentation to prove that the name and address are correct. Ensure that you select from the drop-down menu which type of document you upload. An update of the name or address can be done here should it be necessary.

Here is a list of documents that will be accepted:

  • Valid Driving Licence
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid National ID card (for non-UK citizens)
  • National Insurance card (for UK citizens)
  • Utility bill from the last 3 months
  • Bank statement from the last 3 months
  • HMRC tax notification from the last 3 months
  • Official company letterhead
  • Company stamp

Once Registrants have submitted documentation, the Registry conducts a manual data review to determine if the document can be accepted as proof of name and address. In cases where the document is sufficient to verify the data, the data quality process will be completed and the registrant data flagged as “verified.”

In cases where this review is not successful, the process will be re-started and the registrant will receive another email. If Registrants fail to complete the verification process within 30 days, the Registrar will apply a Data Quality Lock on the domains, which is the Registry suspending the domains. Suspended domains can no longer be renewed or transferred. The verification process may still be completed after the 30-day period, and if completed, the name will be activated.

Updating information on the verification page will provide a further 30-day window before a domain is suspended, and temporarily activates the domain in the event of suspension.