When can I register my .Scot domain name?

This article applies to 123-reg Domain names

This article will explain when you can register your .Scot domain names

The registration period for .Scot domain names has three stages:

  • Sunrise
  • Limited Registration Period
  • General Availability

Sunrise

The Sunrise period allows preorders to be placed to help protect a company or business' trademark, meaning that a company will not lose out on the opportunity to register their own name. This means that the company must have a Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) registered trademark, and abide by the following regulations:

  1. The domain must meet the general eligibility criteria set out in the .scot registration policy
  2. The domain name must correspond with a trademark validated by the TMCH
  3. A valid SMD file submitted at the time of application
  4. The application matches a label contained within the SMD file
  5. The domain name is available

Limited Registration Period

The Limited Registration Period (LRP) is available for domain names that were not preordered during the Sunrise period. Preorders made during this period will be charged up front, and refunded if unsuccessful. Please note, however, that the pricing does include a £5 non refundable admin fee. During registration in this Period you will be required to complete a text field stating your intended use of the domain name. 

The LRP is broken into four sections, when registering your preorder you will be required to state which LRP section you are registering it under:

  • Public Interests LRP
  • Local Trademark LRP
  • Local Entities LRP
  • Landrush LRP

Public Interests LRP

This phase allows the registration of domains for legal entities which are specifically used to promote the worldwide Scottish interest, including Public Administrations with competences in Scotland to register:

  • Their own names
  • Their online services
  • The same domains registered by them in other TLDs
  • Their registered trademarks

You will see a text field during registration where you must enter the URL of your valid, active website.

The Registry will check these applications against the list of publicly available resources provided by the Registry Operator, and its application will be approved if it meets the above criteria and does not conflict with any valid sunrise application. Should there be multiple applications for the same domain name in this period, conflicts will be resolved on a first come, first served basis.

All information submitted must be valid, otherwise your preorder may be rejected.


Local Trademark LRP

This phase will allow for legal entities to register Non TMCH validated trademarks effective in Scotland (for example, UK Trademarks, EU Community Trademakes and WIPO International trademarks with effect in the UK). You will need to submit your Trademark ID and Tradmark Issuer. When registering, you will see a text field for your Trademark ID and Trademark Issuer. These will have to be completed before you can proceed with the process. This information will then be verified through the UK Intellectual Property Office Online Database, which contains all three of the trademarks eligible in this phase.

This phase also accounts for Geographical Indications, allowing a registration of a domain based on the geographical location of the applicant. Geographical Indications will be verified through the DOOR database, an official database maintained by the European Commission. 

Conflicts in this phase of registration will be resolved through an auction process rather than a first come, first served basis, or any other criteria. 

All information submitted must be valid, otherwise your preorder may be rejected.


Local Entities LRP

This phase allows entities with a legal seat in Scotland to register their registered name or trading names (including clear variations and abbreviations), or the same domain names registered by them in other TLDs. You will see a text field during registration where you must enter the URL of your valid, active website. 

These applications are verified by cross checking them wit the Companies House Register.

In the event of conflicts over applications for the same domain name, the contention will be solved through an auction process, rather than a first come, first served basis.

All information submitted must be valid, otherwise your preorder may be rejected.


Landrush LRP

The Landrush Limited Registration Period is the period during which any interested party shall have the opportunity to submit one or more applications for .SCOT domain names that were not previously allocated under the Limited Registration Periods above, or otherwise reserved by the Registry Operator. If more than one applicant has submitted an application for the same name within this category, the successful applicant will be determined by auction.

All information submitted must be valid, otherwise your preorder may be rejected.


General Availability

This is the ongoing registration period commencing after the above launch phases which allow any .Scot domain name to be registered by any person or entity that fulfills the eligibility requirements of the .Scot Registration Policy. These registrations are made on a first come, first served basis. 

The General Availability preorder rules are:

  • Preordered will appear as available provided no preorders were placed for the same domain name during the Sunrise of Limited Registration period.
  • You can only preorder once per domain name
  • You are required to complete the text field stating your intended use of the domain name
  • You will only be charged if the domain preorder is successful

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