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Most likely, the answer is yes. A “Renewal Grace Period” is the time during which a domain owner can renew an expired domain. Most domain extensions offer a renewal grace period of up to 30 – 40 days. For example, this is the life-cycle of .COM, which has a 40-day renewal grace period:

  • 2015/05/01 – Your domain is registered
  • 2016/05/01 – Your domain expires
  • 2016/05/01 – 2016/05/31  Renewal Grace Period  (renewals are regular renewal price)
  • 2016/05/31 – 2016/06/10  Renewal Grace Period (renewals include a late renewal fee “not fixed, depending on registry” + regular renewal price)
  • 2016/06/10 – 2016/07/10 Redemption Period

If you do not renew during the grace period, the domain will be deleted and would no longer be controlled by your initial registry. This is known as the “Redemption Period,” which is typically 30 to 45 days. If you wish to reclaim the domain, the process will be more expensive and time-consuming, as your Initial Register will be required to submit paperwork and payment to the central registry. Restore prices are listed on our individual TLD pages under the “Domain Information” section. Please note that most of this money goes straight to the central registry.  Domains in redemption can only be restored by the current registrant and only with the listed registrar.

About 5 days after the redemption period ends, the domain is dropped from the central registry and becomes available to the general public. Domains are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. High-value domains will go quickly.

Two important exceptions:

  • Some domain extensions do not offer renewal and / or redemption periods or offer them for different lengths of time.
  • Some expired domains will be sold at auction in the Expired Auctions in Marketplace. If this is the case with your domain, there will be no redemption period; though you will still have your full renewal grace period to renew before the domain is lost entirely.

The best way to preserve your domain name is to set up auto-renew or renew early. Auto-renew will automatically renew your domain (as long as your payment method goes through) and with early renewals, no time is lost. Using either method can save a lot of future headaches. Keeping your contact information up-to-date is also important as your Initial Register will send all expiration notice emails to the address on file. You can also set up a separate renewal email.

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