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

Who can DETAG a domain name?
Only a Nominet tag holder (usually an ISP or domain name registrar) can DETAG a domain name. A tag holder will DETAG a domain name if they no longer have a relationship with the registrant to provide services for that domain name.

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

How can I tell if my domain name is DETAGGED?
You will probably notice that the email or web site associated with the domain name will stop working. You can check the status of the registration by doing a WHOIS look-up on Nominet's web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk that will indicate that the domain name is DETAGGED.

Can I register a DETAGGED domain name?
A DETAGGED domain name is still registered to the original registrant, and it remains as such until it is either renewed by the current registrant, or it is cancelled. Once cancelled, it immediately becomes available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Our DropCatcher service can register such names for you within a few seconds of them becoming available.

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, which may result in an abuse of Nominet's registration automated systems.

I have seen other services offering to monitor my domain name, why should I use yours?
We are by far the longest established and largest service of its kind and we have secured more detagged domain names for our clients than most of the other services put together. We offer the lowest price for our service than any other Nominet member and operate the only service to monitor your desired .co.uk domain name for as long as it takes to become available. Other services limit you to 1 year or 18 months of monitoring. DropCatcher.co.uk has been established for over 10 years and are proud to have a client list that includes The Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, British Telecom, Rolex, Sainsbury's, Rolls Royce, Deutsche Telekom, Sony and Columbia Tristar Pictures.

Some of our previous clients