Register a domain

Register a domain for use by your Scottish public sector website today with an ISO 9001 & 27001 certified, carbon neutral, official JISC registrar.

Register domain

Registering a domain is not a complicated process, however there are naturally quite strict rules about who can register them. Don't worry though, we have a wealth of experience assisting government with registering and managing their domains and will be able to assist you every step of the way. Also, for your peace of mind we are entirely UK based, are 100% carbon neutral, and we hold ISO 9001 and 27001 certification so you know you are selecting a registrar with stringent quality and security standards.

Registering a domain costs £120 every two years including VAT, we suggest you read through the below information and then give us a call on 03300 882130 or start a live chat session below to get started. Once you've placed your order your new domain is submitted for approval and normally operational within 5 working days, although often much quicker.

You can read the full government guidance on domains at


Registration of a domain is open to all Scottish government agencies and non-ministerial departments, executive agencies, non-departmental bodies, national bodies, Scottish local authorities, and Scottish government commissions, enquiries, and tribunals. In addition current holders of a domain are eligible for a domain however this would not really make sense if you are not located in Scotland.

Full eligibility details as well as those who are excluded can be found at

Naming convention

A domain name must reflect the legal name of the organisation registering the name, it should be chosen to minimise confusion with other organisations and ensure clarity of geographic remit (i.e. a local organisation must not imply through their domain a national reach).

Domains should contain only standard ASCII characters, and must not include hyphens, underscores, internet protocols (HTTP, FTP etc), postal codes, abbreviations or acronyms (Unless in common use), exceed 64 characters in length, be fewer than 3 characters in length

Gaelic language

In accordance with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act (2005) public bodies, local authorities, and agencies providing a service in Scotland where there is a difference between their English and Gaelic names may want to consider registering both English and Gaelic language domains, for example and gà

The domain supports all the characters in use by the six native languages of Scotland: English, Scots, Gaelic, Orcadian, Shetlandic, and Doric.

DNS hosting

All domains registered through Freethought include intuitive and easy to use DNS hosting utilising our geographically diverse redundant name servers, if you'd like more information about our DNS hosting then give us a call on 03300 882130 and we'd be happy to chat.

Transfer domain

If you currently own a domain and would like to transfer that domain so that future renewals and support are handled by Freethought, or so that you can utilise our free DNS hosting, then transferring your domain easy and free. Get in touch with us on 03300 882130 or live chat to start the process.

Freethought holds ISO 9001 and 27001 certification for quality management and information security.