Internet Provider Security

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Internet Provider Security (IPS) tags are used by domain registrar to administer a domain name registration service and related Domain Name System (DNS) services. An IPS tag is the label that applies to each registrar that registers domains in the country-code top level domain uk and is required to transfer domain names from one registrar to another.[1]

The original meaning of IPS tag was created and lost with Nominet UK's predecessor, the Naming Committee; however it is widely accepted that it probably stands for Internet Provider Security tag.[citation needed] The term IPS tag itself is considered obsolete by Nominet UK, and has since been replaced by the term registrar tag.[citation needed]

Transferring a domain name from one registrar to another requires the original registrar to change the IPS tag to that of the new registrar. Domain name owners can often, but not always, change this tag themselves in the respective domain management control panels.

It is possible to change the IPS tag via the Nominet website. The cost for this feature is £10+VAT.[2]


  1. ^ "Nominet Registrar Rules". Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
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