I forgot to renew my domain – Can I get it back?

Forgetting to renew a domain happens quite often. Many people and businesses lose track of the expiration until after it’s passed. In many cases the domain may be for a new project, promotion, or new business yet to launch so there’s little focus on it, but even active businesses have at times missed renewing their domain name in time.

When you register a domain name you register it for a specified number of years. With most types of domain you can usually register them for between 1 to 10 years.

When your domain name is approaching its expiry date you are sent several emails in advance to notify you of its expiry and providing you details to renew it. Typically these are sent at the following intervals:

90 Days, 60 Days, 30 Days, 10 Days

On Expiry Date

If you want to be sure you can set your domain name to auto renew and as long as the payment details on record are valid then an invoice will be generated on the expiry date for an additional period of years specified by you. Domains can be set to auto-renew via your billing area.

However, if you do not renew your domain name immediately don’t worry, you can still renew it although there are different rules for different types of domains.

What happens if I don’t renew my domains?

There are several steps after your domain expires to safeguard you from losing any domains you want to keep.

  1. Approximately 30 days prior to the domain expiration date, we begin sending reminders to you by email to the email address you listed with us. You will receive at least two reminders prior to the expiration date and one reminder within five days after expiration.
  2. If we are unable to secure payment on or before the domain renewal date, your domain name will expire.
  3. As early as one day after expiration, your domain name will be deactivated and replaced with a parking page indicating the domain name has expired, and other services you have associated with the domain name may no longer function.
  4. As early as 30 day after expiration, your domain name may be purchased by a third party. If a third party purchases the domain name during this time, the domain name will not be available for you to renew.
  5. If the domain name has not been renewed by you or purchased by a third party, an expired domain name enters the registry redemption period (as defined by each registry) approximately 45 days following expiration. If a third party purchases the domain name prior to the registry redemption period, the domain name will not enter redemption and will not be available for you to renew. We reserve the right to charge you a redemption fee (in additional to the renewal fee) in the event you are able to renew your domain name during this period.
  6. If the domain name completes the registry redemption period, the registry may hold the domain name for a period of five days before releasing it again for general registration.

This video explains explains what to do it you forget to renew your domain.

This is the forth video in a 4 part series produced by ICANN to help everyone understand their role, the registrars role and what a domain can do: