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.UK Domain Validation: What is .uk validation and why is it required?

In a series of blog posts we’ll explain all about .uk validation- how it affects you, what you need to do, when it needs to be done and what happens if you don’t validate. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need to make this happen as seamlessly as possible. Check back each week for each installment of our guide to the .uk verification process.

What is domain validation?

Since the beginning of 2014 the governing body for top level domains has been enforcing the validation of domain contact details. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN), aim is to make sure that any registered domain name has valid and accurate contact details associated with it. Maintaining the accuracy of your contact details assigned to your registration is something everyone agreed to within the terms and conditions of registration.

All domains will be subject to validation checks when registering, renewing or updating, to make sure that contact details remain up to date. Occasionally, providers may conduct random checks to make sure that details are correct. Any time you need to update your details you will be notified by your provider, so you don’t need to worry about validating all your domains immediately just as and when you are asked to.

The process varies between registrars but all will check your (the registrants) name and address and ensure these can be found on third party, public databases. This allows providers to authenticate each .uk owner and if they match will result in validation.

Why is domain validation required?

ICANN’s aim is to make the internet a trusted, safer place by ensuring the accountability of domain owners. As an accredited channel partner and registrar, we take our responsibilities seriously and fully support Nominet and their obligations to the ICANN.

If a .uk domain name is found to have invalid or incorrect information, we will contact you and ask that it is updated. As long as you update the details held online in your Nominet account or contact us to help you follow the process, no action will be taken; otherwise your domain could be suspended by Fasthosts until the details are updated and verified. This means that your website and email will be temporarily disabled as you will be in breach of your registration agreement.

Next week check back for: How does domain validation affect me?

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