What happens after domain names expire?

When your domain name expires, you have an opportunity to register it again. The length of time you have to re-register and the cost to reclaim a domain name both depend on several factors.

At HostPapa, we give you both a Renewal Grace Period and a Redemption Grace Period (some exceptions apply). Here’s the difference between these two periods:

  • The Renewal Grace Period begins after the domain name’s first expiration. It could last from 10 to 40 days, depending on the domain extension. During the Renewal Grace Period, you can reclaim your expired domain name for the standard domain name purchase price – there’s no additional fee.
  • The Redemption Grace Period begins when the Renewal Grace Period ends. During the Redemption Grace Period, you can reclaim your expired domain name for the standard domain purchase price plus a redemption fee (fees vary; contact HostPapa Support for more information). After the Redemption Grace Period has ended, your domain name will be released to public registration. You may be able to re-register the same domain name, provided someone else doesn’t purchase it first.

Important note: The Renewal Grace and Redemption Grace periods are not available to all domain extensions. 

Check out the following table for Renewal and Redemption Grace Period timing.

Domain Extension Renewal Grace Period Redemption Grace Period
.com, .info, .online, .net, .org, .cloud, .xyz, .blog, .club Expiry to day 40 (40 days) Day 41 to 70 (30 days)
.ca, .*.in, .me, .us, .tv Expiry to day 40 (40 days) Day 41 to 70 (30 days)
.*.co Expiry to day 40 (40 days) Day 41 to 55 (15 days)
.*.uk Expiry to day 90 (90 days) None
.hk, .com.hk None Expiry to day 60 (60 days)
.*.au Expiry to day 30 (30 days) None
.es Expiry to day 10 (10 days) None
.de 3 days prior to expiry to day 25 (28 days) None
.fr, .*.mx, .*.sg None Expiry to day 30 (30 days)
.be, .eu None Expiry to day 40 (40 days)
.*.nz None Two days prior to expiry to day 88 (90 days)

If you need help with your HostPapa domain, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

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