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You can check status of any registration by doing a WHOIS look-up that will indicate that domain name is DETAGGED.
How can DETAGGED domain name be retagged?
To restore a DETAGGED domain name, registrant will need to pay a tag change fee of £15+VAT as of January 2004 to nominet via a registration service. Nominet charge a higher fee to deal direct with owner.
Can I register a DETAGGED domain name?
A DETAGGED domain name is still registered to original registrant, and it remains as such until it is either renewed by current registrant, or it is cancelled. Once cancelled, it immediately becomes available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
How long does it take for a DETAGGED domain name to become available for registration?
Nominet contact owner of each domain that is detagged and confirms if they wish to renew or allow each name to lapse.
If domain is allowed to lapse then domain name will be suspended after 21 days and then cancelled between 6-8 weeks after that.
For further information please visit Nominet http://www.nominet.org.uk
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