What happens to domain names when they expire?

Expired domains are held for a Grace Period defined by the Registry.

Partial list of Grace Periods:

  • .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ, .US, .NAME, .TV and .CC – 40 days
  • .CA – 30 days
  • .UK domains resolve for 30 days past their expiration date after which they no longer reside with Tucows.  Your Domain Provider can recover the domain for an additional 60 days by placing a transfer request for the domain.
  • .CN and .DE – have no Grace Period; they are deleted the day after their expiration date

During the Grace Period, all services (such as the website and email) cease working until the name is renewed (if and when this happens).  As well, name server/DNS changes are not possible.  When the domain expires the DNS is temporarily changed, and a web page explaining the need for renewal may be shown.  When the domain is renewed, the DNS will be changed back to the previous DNS entries.

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