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What happens when my domain expires?

When a domain registration expires, your options for renewal vary based on when your domain expired. On Aug. 31, 2013, ICANN adopted the Expired Registration Recovery Policy (ERRP), which requires registrars to disclose important information to Registrants and prospective customers about expiration notices, fees and redemption procedures. All required information and disclosures currently exist in various locations throughout our website. However, as an aid to Registrants, this article contains links to all required elements in the new policy.

Each domain name extension and its registry rules can affect the renewal process once a domain has expired. You can renew your domain at standard renewal cost without additional fees up to the 18th day after expiration. After the 18th day, you must pay the standard renewal cost, plus an $80.00 redemption fee .

Expiration timeline

  • On the day of expiration, if your domain is set to Automatic renewal, our system attempts renewal. If automatic renewal fails (for example, your card on file is expired), we notify you via email of expiration and park the domain. A parked domain name will show a temporary web page when entering the domain in a web browser.
  • On the day of expiration, if your domain is set to Manual renewal we notify you via email of expiration and park the domain. A parked domain name will show a temporary web page when entering the domain in a web browser.

Additional points in the expiration timeline:

Day after expiration What happens Available option
Day 4 and 12 Additional expiration notifications are sent via email Domain can be manually renewed in your account.
Day 19 Domain remains on hold but becomes subject to redemption fee. DNS is interrupted. You can manually recover your expired domain name. Subject to applicable renewal and redemption fees.
Day 25 Domain is put up for domain name auction. You can manually recover your expired domain name or place a bid on the domain name through auction.
Day 30 Domain is no longer available to renew or recover in your account. You can place a bid on the domain name through auction.
Day 36 If there are no backorders and no bidders in the domain name auction, we list the domain name in a final closeout auction. You can place a bid on the domain name through auction. This is the final chance to register the domain name before it is returned to the registry.
Day 41 All auctions end Domain is no longer available to renew or bid on.
Day 42 Domain is returned to the registry You may be able to register the domain name again after the registry has released the domain name.

Some domain names, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for the renewal timeline.

Related steps

  • Make sure you enable auto renew to continue your domain registration uninterrupted.

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