Domain Name Renewal, Expiry & Restoration

What happens when a domain name expires

Whenever a domain name is not renewed by the Expiry Date, it would enter into a Renewal Grace Period. Un-renewed domain names would then be put on a temporary commercial parking page. This would indicate that the domain name has expired. During this period, any website and/or emails associated with that domain name would stop working.

Renewal Grace Period

If a domain was renewed within the Renewal Grace Period, it would take up to 72 hours for the DNS propagation to complete Worldwide – website and emails associated with that domain will start resolving properly and behave as normal.

During the DNS Propagation period, a website may intermittently revert to the Parking Page and then change again to the actual website, depending on how ISP caches are refreshed. This may be confusing, but If you have already Renewed your domain name, do notnattempt to renew it again. The Parking Page will automatically get removed as soon as the DNS propagation completes.

How long is a domain 'Renewal Grace Period
.AU – 32 days
.BIZ – 36 days
.BZ – 40 days
.CA – 40 days
.CC – 36 days
.CO – 40 days
.COM – 36 days
.COM.DE – 0 days
.DE -0 days
.ES – 9 days
.EU – 0 OR 27 days
.IN.NET – 36 days
.INFO – 36 days
.JOBS – 36 days
.ME – 36 days
.MN – 40 days
.MOBI – 36 days
.NAME – 40 days
.NET – 36 days
.NL – 0 days
.NZ – 4 days
.ORG – 36 days
.PRO – 36 days
.PW – 36 days
.SC – 40 days
.SHABAKA – 0 days
.TEL – 40 days
.TV – 36 days
.UK – 90 days
.US – 36 days
.VC – 40 days
.WS – 36 days
.XXX – 40 days
 
CentralNic Domains – 36 days
Donuts Domains  – 40 days

* this information may change over time

Caveats and domain name extension specific conditions
  • The above Renewal Grace Periods are applicable if your domain name is expiring today.

  • If your domain name has already expired, these values may have changed since. Contact our Support to confirm the Renewal Grace Period for your domain name.

  • If a .AU domain name is not Renewed until 32 days after Expiry, the domain name would get Deleted and would immediately be available for Registration by others.

  • A .CO domain name will continue to resolve to the actual website during the initial 5 days of the Renewal Grace Period. It would then be put on a temporary commercial Parking Page for the remainder of the Renewal Grace Period.

  • A .DE domain name will Expire on the 5th last day of the Expiry month, upon Registration, Renewal or Transfer.

    Examples:

If yourdomain.de is registered on January 1, 2011, it’s Expiry Date becomes January 27, 2012 as the Registration term is 1 year and the 5th last day of January 2012 is January 27.

If yourdomain.de is registered on January 31, 2011, it’s Expiry Date becomes January 27, 2012 as the Registration term is 1 year and the 5th last day of January 2012 is January 27.

  • .DE domain names should be Renewed prior to their Expiry date. Upon Expiry of a .DE domain name:

you will no longer be able to manage your .DE domain name with us.

your .DE domain name will be transferred directly under the .DE Registry (DENIC). This process is called Domain Transit.

Once your domain name has Transited to DENIC, the Registrant contact will receive instructions via postal mail from DENIC, for managing your .DE domain name with them.

  • A .EU domain name registered before 15 September, 2014 will not have any Renewal Grace Period. Such a domain name will expire on the second last day of the month it was registered in and will be Deleted on the same day, if not Renewed.

Example:

If you register yourdomainname.eu for 1 year on 15 April, 2013, it will expire on 29 April, 2014 and will be Deleted on the same day, if not Renewed.

If the domain name is Transferred on 20 December, 2013, it will expire on 29 April, 2015 and will be Deleted on the same day, if not Renewed.

A .EU domain name registered after 15 September, 2014 will expire at the end of its registration term. Such a domain name will have a Renewal Grace Period of 27 days and will be Deleted, if not Renewed during this period.

Example:

If you register yourdomainname.eu for 1 year on 20 September, 2014, it will expire on 20 September, 2015 and will be Deleted, if not Renewed till 17 October, 2015.

If the domain name is Transferred on 20 December, 2014, it will expire on 20 September, 2016 and will be Deleted, if not Renewed till 17 October, 2016.

  • .NL domain name  rules :

    • A .NL domain name can be Renewed for only 1 year.

    • You can not Renew your .NL domain name until 60 days prior to it’s Expiry.

    • There is no Renewal Grace Period for a .NL domain name. It would be Deleted upon Expiry and placed under Pending Delete Restorable status.

  • .UK domain name – You may renew your .UK domain name anytime from 6 months before its Expiry, up to 90 days after its Expiry. If you do not renew your domain name within 90 days after its Expiry, it would automatically be Deleted by the Registry.

    It is important to note that there is no concept of a Redemption Grace Period in case of a .UK domain name.

Redemption Grace Period

Domains in a Renewal Grace Period, can be renewed at normal costs. However, if you do not renew the domain name within the Renewal Grace Period, then your domain is queued for deletion at the end of the Renewal Grace Period and subsequently will be deleted. The domain name will then go into Redemption Grace Period , providing there is no backorder for this domain name. In such case you could get another chance to redeem it.

Restoring deleted domain from Redemption Grace Period

Redeeming a domain name is costly, time consuming and a manual process. The Redemption Grace Period normally is 30 days after the domain name was deleted. During this period, only the current Registrar of the domain name can Redeem the domain name.

If the domain name is not redeemed during this period, then it would move to the Pending Delete period for 5 days. In this case, the domain name can not be Redeemed and after that period, the domain name would be available for fresh registration.

Deleted domain name would only go into a Redemption Grace Period if the following conditions are met:

  • Domain name was manually Deleted by requesting it from our support.

  • Domain name was automatically deleted by our system as the domain name had expired and was not renewed until the end of it’s Renewal Grace Period.

 A domain name will not go into Redemption Grace Period if the:

  • Domain name has been Deleted in the Money Back Period.

  • Domain name has a Backorder for it. 

Domain Name Extension Specific Conditions
  • Upon deletion, a .AU domain name becomes available for Registration immediately. The domain name does not enter Redemption Grace Period.

  • The Redemption Grace Period for a .CO domain name is 15 days. If the .CO domain name is not restored, it enters Pending Delete status for a period of 5 days.

  • Upon deletion, a .DE domain name becomes available for Registration immediately. The domain name does not enter Redemption Grace Period.

  • Upon deletion, a .ES domain name becomes available for Registration immediately. The domain name does not enter Redemption Grace Period.

  • A .EU domain name registered before 15 September, 2014 will not have any Renewal Grace Period. Such a domain name will expire on the second last day of the month it was registered in and will be Deleted on the same day, if not Renewed.

    A .EU domain name registered after 15 September, 2014 will expire at the end of its registration term. Such a domain name will have a Renewal Grace Period of 27 days and will be Deleted, if not Renewed during this period.

    The Redemption Grace Period for a .EU domain name is 40 days. Moreover, the Pending Delete period (5 day period after Redemption Grace Period) is not applicable to a .EU domain name. The domain name will be available for fresh Registration after 40 days from the date of Deletion.

  • The Redemption Grace Period for a .IN.NET domain name is 5 days.

  • A .NL domain name does not have any Renewal Grace Period and would be Deleted upon Expiry.

    The Redemption Grace Period for a .NL domain name is 40 days. Moreover, the Pending Delete period (5 day period after Redemption Grace Period) is not applicable to a .NL domain name. The domain name will be available for fresh Registration after 40 days from the date of Deletion.

  • The Redemption Grace Period for a .NZ domain name is 90 days. Moreover, a .NZ domain name does not pass through a Pending Delete period. The domain name will be available for fresh Registration after 90 days from the date of Deletion.

  • A .TEL domain name, if not redeemed during the 30 day Redemption Grace Period, would slip into a 5 day Pending Delete period. Post this, the domain name is placed on Delete Lockdown for 60 days and then would be made available for fresh Registration.

  • Any website/emails associated with a .UK domain name will stop resolving once the domain name expires.

    You may Renew your .UK domain name anytime from 6 months before its Expiry up to 90 days after its Expiry. If you do not Renew your .UK domain name within90 days after its Expiry, it would be automatically Deleted by the Registry.

    It is important to note that there is no concept of a Redemption Grace Period in case of a .UK domain name.

  • A .WS domain name will not be placed under Redemption Grace Period by the Registry upon Deletion. It will be made available for fresh Registration post Deletion. Hence, there is no possibility of Redeeming a .WS domain name.

Redeeming/Restoring a domain is a lengthy process and could take well over 7 working days. A Restoration action, once completed, can not be reversed. The only option would be deleting the domain name in the event that the domain name is no longer required.

Restoration of a domain (only after deletion by the system, post Expiry of the Renewal Grace Period) includes 1 year Renewal. If a domain name’s deletion is requested anytime prior to its Expiry, then Restoring the domain name will not include 1 year Renewal.

Restoration of a .EU domain name after expiry will include 1 year Renewal. The registration term will be extended by 1 year from the previous Expiry date.

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