The domain name I want is taken. What can I do?

If the domain name you want has already been registered by someone else and you are stuck coming up with an alternative, you have a couple of options to explore.  

One option is to use our domain name lookup tool to find out when the domain name could be deleted if the current registrant chooses not to renew. You may even find upon searching the domain name it is already ‘pending deletion’ and is due to be released and will “drop” soon. Check out our other FAQ on How do I register a domain name that is due to expire? for more information.  

Alternatively, if you are able to find out who owns the domain name, you could try to get in touch with them and offer to purchase the domain name. Before contacting them however, we would suggest you do your research and check how the domain name is being used, and if it is associated with brand identity. This will influence whether the owner is likely to be open to offers.  

If you feel you have a right to the domain name, potentially through a registered Trade Mark or contract agreement, then you can use our Dispute Resolution Service. You can find more information on this service on the Nominet website. 

Are you looking for information on a registered domain name? 

Use our domain name lookup tool to check who currently owns the domain name or when it is due to expire.

Domain name lookup tool


If not, you can contact our dedicated UK based support team for more information.
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