Redeem an expired domain

If a domain name is not renewed by its expiry date, it is not immediately deleted, although it does cease to operate. From this point on, it is considered to be "expired". Three days after the expiry date, the nameservers are changed to the OpenSRS Expired Domains nameservers.

OpenSRS makes every effort to allow registrants to reinstate their domain names after they have expired.

Note:For expired domains, please do not manually change the name servers unless you are transferring the domain away. Changing the name servers will not renew the domain, and the domain will eventually lapse into redemption. If the renewal is successful, the name servers will be changed automatically by our system.

Day 0 to day -40: Domain has expired, but is within Grace Period

If a domain name has expired, but is still within the 40 day Grace Period, the top of the web page may display a renewal reminder message three days after the expiry date.

During the Grace Period, the domain name is still considered to be owned by the registrant, and the WHOIS information continues to display the registrant's information (or WHOIS Privacy, if applicable).

Note: The grace period for ccTLDs varies; for information about a specific TLD, please refer to the gTLD and ccTLD Reference Chart.

Reinstating the domain during the Grace Period

During the 40 days following the expiry date (Grace Period) the registrant can reinstate the domain name simply by renewing it. If the registrant renews the domain name during this period, the original nameservers are restored (unless you have enabled Parked Pages for that domain, in which case, the Parked Page is displayed). The cost is the standard renewal rate that is normally charged to renew a domain name.

During this period, the domain name may be listed by OpenSRS for auction, but the name can be removed from the auction listings if the original registrant renews the domain name. For information about the auction process, see Understanding domain auctions.

If a third party wants to buy this domain name, they need to contact the Registrant.

Day -40 to day -70: Domain not renewed during Grace Period, but is within Redemption Period

After the 40 day Grace Period, if the domain name has not been renewed, it may be queued for deletion and eventually dropped or auctioned off , or OpenSRS may decide to add it to our portfolio. If it is added to our portfolio, the domain name then enters a 30 day Redemption Period. For information about expired domain names being offered for auction, see Understanding domain auctions.

During this period, if the domain name is not in the Live Auction, the domain name is still considered to be owned by the registrant. The WHOIS information displays a Contact Privacy address. If a third party wants to purchase the domain name, they need to contact the registrant; however, the domain name cannot change ownership during this period. The original registrant has to redeem the domain name first and then they can sell it, if they choose.

Important: Once the domain name is queued to enter the Live Auction, it cannot be redeemed by the original registrant.

Redeeming the domain during the Redemption Period

If the domain name was not sent to the Live Auction (which usually runs from day -41 to day -45), the registrant can redeem their domain name during the 30 day Redemption Period; however, the cost is higher than a simple renewal.

To redeem a domain name during the redemption period

  1. In the Domain Management section of the Classic Reseller Interface, click on Domain Redemption
  2. Enter the domain you wish to redeem
  3. Click the I Understand and Agree button

Note: Not all TLDs have a redemption period. For information about a specific TLD, please refer to the gTLD and ccTLD Reference Chart.

Day -70 to day -75: Domain is dropped, not moved into Tucows Portfolio

After the Redemption Period, if the domain name has not been auctioned off and acquired by another party, it is dropped and made available for re-registration by the general public. Anyone who wants to buy the domain name after that must contact the new registrant.

Day -70 to day -100: Domain was renewed by YummyNames

If the Tucows Portfolio business unit (YummyNames) decides to renew the domain name during the Redemption Period, it is added to the YummyNames Portfolio. The expired domain displays a customized page that contains contextual ads.

Depending on the domain name's value, we may decide to retain the domain name or to sell it. Whether the domain name is made available for sale is at the discretion of the YummyNames Portfolio Manager. If we decide to sell it, the selling price to the original registrant is 50% of the Fair Market Value, as determined by the YummyNames Portfolio Team, and includes a one year registration fee. (The minimum Fair Market Value is $200.)

During this period, the domain name can only be sold to the original registrant. If the original registrant wants to purchase the domain name, they should contact you, their Reseller, and you can determine the price that you charge the registrant.

Note: We reserve the right not to sell the domain name at any price.

Day -100 to day -250: Domain is owned by YummyNames

During this period, the expired domain continues to display a customized page that contains contextual ads. We may decide to retain the domain name or to sell it. Whether the domain name is made available for sale is at the discretion of the YummyNames Portfolio Manager.

Anyone who wants to purchase this domain name must contact OpenSRS. If the domain name is made available for sale, the selling price to the original registrant is Fair Market Value, as determined by the YummyNames Portfolio Team, less 20% and includes a one year registration fee. (The minimum Fair Market Value is $200.) The Reseller can determine the price to charge the registrant for the domain name, and the price will include a one year registration fee.

Day -250 and later: Domain still owned by YummyNames

We may decide to retain the domain name or to sell it. Whether the domain name is made available for sale is at the discretion of the YummyNames Portfolio Manager. If we decide to sell it, the selling price is Fair Market Value, as determined by the YummyNames Portfolio Team and includes a one year registration fee. (The minimum Fair Market Value is $200.) The Reseller can determine the price to charge the registrant for the domain name.

Was this article helpful? 0 out of 0 found this helpful
Have more questions? Submit a request