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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 expiration What happens and what you can do
+1 day We'll try to auto-renew it, or you can manually renew for the standard renewal price.
+5 days We'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 days We'll try to auto-renew your domain one more time. You can still manually renew for the standard renewal price.
+19 days Domain goes on hold: it's still in your account but inactive. Manually renew with applicable redemption fee.
+26 days Domain goes to auction. If there are no active bids on the domain, you can still manually renew for the standard price plus the applicable redemption fee.
+30 days If 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 days Domain 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 days Final closeout auction ends. You can still manually renew for the standard price plus the applicable redemption fee.
+72 days Domain 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 Domains Partners can't advise when the registry will release a domain for registration.

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Manually renew my products or services

Manually renew your products at any time, even if they're set to auto-renew.

Note: Products auto-renew for the same length of time as their most recent manual renewal, instead of their original registration length. This also applies to domains that are manually renewed after July 16, 2020. For example, if a domain is manually renewed after July 16, 2020 for a three-year term, it will auto-renew for the same three-year term when the time comes.

  1. Go to your Domains Partners Renewals & Billing page. You might be prompted to sign in.
  2. Next to the product you want to renew, select the checkbox.
  3. At the top of the page, select Add to Cart.
    • Renewing a subscription with multiple products will apply to all products in the subscription. The products can’t be individually renewed.
  4. Complete your purchase.

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Turn on auto-renew

Turn on auto-renew for your products. Your products will automatically renew on their expiration dates.

  1. Go to your Domains Partners Renewals & Billing page. You might be prompted to sign in.
  2. Select the checkbox next to the product(s) you want to auto-renew.
  3. At the top of the page, select Auto-Renew On.

Your changes will save, and the auto-renew date will display under Billing Date. If you’re in India and have multiple products set to auto-renew, we’ll charge you separately for each one.

Change renewal length and see new price

Change the renewal length and view the new price for your product before turning on auto-renew.

  1. Go to your Domains Partners Renewals & Billing page. You might be prompted to sign in.
  2. Select the checkbox next to the product(s) you want to auto-renew.
  3. At the top of the page, select Add to Cart.
  4. Select Continue to Cart.
  5. Under the product name, select the arrow, then select a renewal length.
  6. Select I’m Ready to Pay, then complete the checkout process.

Your product(s) will renew for the listed price and length.

Note: Turning on auto-renew for a subscription with multiple products will apply the change to all products. The products can't be individually changed.

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Check my Domains Partners domain renewal cost

You can check the cost of your domain renewals at any time through your Domains Partners account. The renewal cost that displays is for one year registration of the associated domain name. It doesn't include additional add-ons, such as Privacy and Ownership Protection.

  1. Log in to your Domains Partners Domain Control Center. (Need help logging in? Find your username or password.)
  2. To the right of your domain list, select Edit Columns.
  3. Check the box next to Renewal Price and select OK.
  4. Review your domain renewal price in the Renewal Price column of your domain list.

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