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what is detagged?
what is detagged?

What is a DETAGGED domain name?
A domain name that has been DETAGGED is no longer hosted on 2 valid name servers. This stops any services associated with the domain name (like e-mail or a web site) from working.

Who can DETAG a domain name?
Only a TAG Holder can DETAG a domain name. For instance, a hosting company or ISP who is a TAG Holder may DETAG a domain name if they no longer have a relationship with the registrant to provide services.

When are domain names DETAGGED?
Many domain names are DETAGGED around the time of renewal because the TAG Holder has not been able to find out from the registrant whether they wish to renew the registration. However, domain names can be DETAGGED any time after registration.

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How can I tell if my domain name is DETAGGED?
You will probably notice that the e-mail or web site associated with the domain name has stopped working. You can check the status of the registration by doing a WHOIS look-up at
http://www.nic.uk. This will indicate that the domain name is DETAGGED.

How do I restore my DETAGGED domain name?
To restore a DETAGGED domain name, you need to contact Nominet. You need to send a fax on your letterheaded paper stating the domain name in question, and indicating the new TAG Holder you would like the domain name moved to. If there is an outstanding renewal fee, you and the new TAG Holder will need to confirm that you are prepared to cover that fee before the domain name can be transferred to the new TAG.

Can I register a DETAGGED domain name?
A DETAGGED domain name is still registered to the original registrant and it remains so until it is either renewed by the current registrant, or cancelled. Once cancelled, it immediately becomes available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

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How long does it take for a DETAGGED domain name to become available for registration?
Nominet has a duty to contact the registrant of a DETAGGED domain name to confirm that they do not want to renew the domain name before it can be cancelled. This process can be time consuming, especially if the database holds poor quality contact information for the registrant. However, once the registrant has confirmed they no longer require the domain name, the registration will be suspended after 21 days and then cancelled between 6-8 weeks after that.

Why does Nominet not publish exact dates for when domain names are cancelled?
Giving an exact date would compromise Nominet's policy of allocating domain names on a first-come, first-served basis. It could lead to an increase in speculative applications for domain names (or cyber-squatting as it is sometimes called) which may result in an abuse of Nominet's registration automated systems.

Is there any alternative to cancellation and re-registration?
Yes, you could contact the existing registrant of the detagged domain name and ask them to agree to transfer the registration to you. Details on the transfer process can be found at

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