Life Cycle of a Domain Name

Below is an overview of the lifecycle of a domain name


gTLDs:
Most gTLDs domain names such as .com, .net, .org etc, available can be registered for a period (1-5 years) or more in some cases. Once the domain expires, it will be in Auto-Renew Grace Period (for 0-29 days)  when the domain name can only be renewed but not transferred to another registrar, followed by a 30-day Redemption Grace Period (also known as Pending Delete Restorable) when all services associated with the domain name (eg. DNS, website, emails) will automatically not be available but the domain can still be renewed at a higher cost. At the end of the Redemption Grace Period , it enters into a 5-day pending delete period and the domain name can no longer be renewed. After this period, the domain will be available to the general public for re-registration on “First come First serve basis”.


.US:
Most .US domain names available can be registered for a period (1-5 years). Once the domain expires, it will be in Renewal Grace Period (for 0-60 days) when the domain name can only be renewed but not transferred to another registrar, followed by a 28-day Redemption Period (also known as Pending Delete Restorable) when all services associated with the domain name (eg. DNS, website, emails) will automatically not be available but the domain can still be renewed. At the end of the Redemption Period , it enters into a 14-day Pending Purge period and the domain name can no longer be renewed or recovered. After this period, the domain will be available to the general public for re-registration on “First come First serve basis”.

 In Summary,
 
 

.US ccTLDs

.gTLDs

 

.com.us, .org.us, .us

.com, .org, .net, .biz, .info, ,name

Availability

   

Registration Period

1-5 years

1-5 years

Expiration

The  day registration period elapses   

The  day registration period elapses

Auto-Renew Grace Period    

0-60 days

0-29 days (may be more for some TLDs)   

Redemption Grace Period

28 days

30 days

Pending Purge/Delete

14 days

5-7 days

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