What Happens If My Domain Name Expires? Print

  • Updated on 07-May-2024
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When a domain name expires, you have the option to register it again as several things can happen depending on the specific circumstances and the policies of the domain registrar. Here are some possible scenarios:

  1. Auto-renewal: If the domain owner has enabled auto-renewal, the registrar will automatically renew the domain registration using the payment method on file. In this case, the domain remains active, and the owner retains control over it.
  2. Grace period: Most domain registrars provide a grace period after the expiration date, during which the domain owner can renew the domain without additional fees or penalties. It could last from 10 to 40 days, depending on the domain extension. The website and associated services may continue functioning, but the owner’s ability to make changes or updates may be limited.
  3. Redemption period: If the domain owner does not renew the domain during the grace period, it typically enters a redemption period. During this period, which can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months, the domain owner can still reclaim the domain by paying a redemption fee in addition to the regular renewal fee. However, the website and associated services are usually suspended or disabled during this time.
  4. Auction or sale: After the redemption period expires, the domain may be released for public auction or sale. Some registrars or third-party platforms specialize in auctioning expired domains. In these cases, individuals or organizations interested in acquiring the domain can participate in the auction and bid on it.
  5. Dropping or deletion: If the domain is not renewed or redeemed within the specified period, it eventually reaches the dropping or deletion phase. The registrar removes the domain from the registration database, making it available for anyone to register on a first-come, first-served basis. The domain becomes completely free for registration by a new owner.

It’s important to note that the specific procedures and timelines may vary depending on the registrar and the TLD. It’s recommended to review the terms and policies of the domain registrar from which the domain was purchased for the most accurate information regarding domain expiration and its subsequent handling.

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