When a domain name expires, it is not immediately deleted; instead, it can actually take more than 70 days for a domain to become available for re-registration. Along the way, a domain typically passes through four distinct stages. The actual amount of time between expiration and deletion varies depending on the TLD; you can view our Domain Information Chart here for a list of TLDs and the length of each stage in the expiration process.

Stage One: Expiration
On the day of expiration, the domain's nameserver delegation is cleared or assigned to temporary nameservers (which usually point the domain to a parking page). In either case, the domain stops resolving normally, disrupting web services such as email and website access. The domain is automatically placed under REGISTRAR-HOLD status, locking it. The domain then begins the Renewal Grace Period. (Some TLDs skip this stage and enter the Redemption Period; see the Domain Information Chart for more information.)

Stage Two: Renewal Grace Period
For a period of time after the domain expires, the owner can still renew the domain and restore it to its original status. This is known as the Renewal Grace Period. For .com, .net and .org domains, this period typically lasts 30 days. If the domain is not renewed during this time, the domain enters the Redemption Period. (Some TLDs skip this stage and go directly to Redemption Period; see the Domain Information Chart for more information.)

Stage Three: Redemption Period
If the domain's Renewal Grace Period passes, it may enter a secondary grace period known as the Redemption Period. This stage generally lasts 40 days after the end of the Renewal Grace Period. The domain can still be renewed at this point, but the registry imposes a prohibitive fee on renewals in the Redemption Period. Typical domain redemption is ten times the cost of a standard renewal (e.g. a $15 USD domain registration can be redeemed for $150 USD).

This stage exists to give one last chance to domain owners, but the fee ensures that only the most serious registrants will request redemption. (Some TLDs skip this stage and enter Pending Delete; see the Domain Information Chart for more information.)

Stage Four: Pending Delete
After the Renewal Grace and Redemption Periods, the domain registration will finally be deleted from the registry. However, the deletion is not instantaneous; it may take between one and seven days for the registration to be removed and made available for re-registration. Fortunately, this is the final step in a domain's life; after Pending Delete, it has been fully removed and can be purchased as new.

Available for Registration
After deletion, the domain name is available for purchase as a brand new domain from any registrar by any party. If you wish to purchase the domain again, you may do so; however, you should be aware that others may be gunning for the domain as well (see Expiration Dangers below). Since domains have no "memory" of previous owners, and anyone can take the domain name for their own, it is highly discouraged to allow your domain to expire if you have any intention of using it.

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