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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. Some domains, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for renewals.

We’ll send multiple emails to notify you of expiration within the 30 days prior and 30 days after the expiration date of your domains.

Expiration timeline

Days after domain expirationWhat happens and what you can do
+1 dayWe’ll try to auto-renew it, or you can manually renew for the standard renewal price.
+5 daysWe’ll try to auto-renew again – but if that doesn’t work, your domain gets parked: your site and email stop working. But you can still manually renew for the standard renewal price.
+12 daysWe’ll try to auto-renew your domain one more time. You can still manually renew for the standard renewal price.
+19 daysDomain goes on hold: it’s still in your account but inactive. Manually renew with applicable redemption fee.
+26 daysDomain goes to auction. You can still manually renew for the standard price plus the applicable redemption fee. You can also place your own bid.
+30 daysIf no active bids in the auction, the domain stays in your account but now it’s expired. You can manually renew for the standard price plus the applicable redemption fee. If there’s an active bid at auction, the domain can’t be renewed.
+36 daysDomain goes to a final closeout auction. Until there’s an active bid, you can still manually renew for the standard price plus the applicable redemption fee. Once there’s a bid, you can’t renew the domain, but you can place your own bid.
+41 daysFinal closeout auction ends. You can still manually renew for the standard price plus the applicable redemption fee.
+72 daysDomain is removed from your account and you can’t renew it any more. You may be able to register the domain after the registry has released it, but Filthy Rich Idea can’t advise when the registry will release a domain for registration.

Some domains, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for renewals.

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