On Aug. 31, 2013, ICANN adopted the Expired Registration Recovery Policy, which requires registrars to disclose important information to Registrants and prospective customers about expiration notices, fees, and redemption procedures.
This article contains links to all required elements in the new policy. Below information is based on .com domain names.
Once a domain name expires, it goes through few stages before being released to the general public. Hostmania sends two renewal emails to the Registered Name Holder prior to the expiration date. If the registrant pays the domain renewal invoice before expiration, the domain is renewed automatically.
These timelines do not apply to ccTLD and gTLD domain names.
|Days after expiration||Action|
|Day 0||On the expiration day, we send an Expired Domain Name Notification email to the registrant. The domain name can be renewed manually by the registrant at no extra cost for the next 36 days.|
|Day 37||Domain enters Redemption Grace Period for a total of 30 days. The domain name can be renewed by the registrant for the cost of $53 redemption fee.|
|Day 67||We return the domain name to the registry.|
A registrant may renew an expired domain name at no extra cost until the domain is in Renewal Grace Period. Afterwards, the original registrant can attempt to redeem the domain up until day 67 with the $53 redemption fee.
The process we, the registrar, follow for expired domain names depends on your domain name extensions and their renewal settings. Prior to expiration, we send two emails to remind you to renew your domain names.
If your domain names are set to automatically renew, we attempt to renew the registrations for you 30 days before expiration.
If you set your domain names to manually renew and you let your domain names expire, we notify you via email again on the day of expiration.
For expired .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .name or .mobi domain name registrations, we hold your domain name for approximately 60-70 days before canceling it.
If your domain name is set to automatically renew, we try to charge you 30 days before your domain name registration expires.
If your domain name is not set to automatically renew, when your domain name registration expires, we proceed with the following steps before canceling it:
The registry might hold the domain name before releasing it for general registration.