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. Some domains, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for renewals.
|Days after domain expiration||What happens||What you can do|
|Day of expiration||First attempt to renew the domain. If renewal fails, we'll send an email notification.||Domain can be manually renewed in your account at the standard renewal price.|
|Day 5||Second attempt to renew the domain. If renewal fails, we'll send an email notification and we park the domain name. This means DNS is interrupted and your email/website will stop working.||Domain can be manually renewed in your account at the standard renewal price.|
|Day 12||Third attempt to renew the domain. If renewal fails, we'll send an email notification.||Domain can be manually renewed in your account at the standard renewal price.|
|Day 19||Domain is put on hold and is no longer active in your account.||Domain can be manually renewed in your account with applicable redemption fee .|
|Day 26||Domain is put up for expired domain auction||You can manually recover your expired domain name with applicable with applicable redemption fee , or place a bid on the domain 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 bid on.|
|Day 42||If there were no successful auction bids or backorders, the domain is returned to the registry||You may be able to register the domain again after the registry has released it. We're unable to advise on when the registry might release a domain for registration.|
Some domains, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for renewals.
- Make sure you enable auto renew to continue your domain registration uninterrupted.
- For full details on ICANN's policies, you can review the Registrant Rights & Responsibilities Under the 2009 RAA.
- ICANN Registrant Benefits & Responsibilities (2013) will be determined upon publication by ICANN.