What happens after a domain expires?

⚠️️  Please note

The times listed in this article are estimates. We recommend always renewing your domains before they expire to prevent any of the following from occurring. Porkbun may delete expired domains from 34-43 days after expiration.

⚠️️  Please note

The following article does not apply to .cx or .am domains which do not have a grace period and enter redemption 3 days prior to expiration. Be sure to renew .cx and .am domains no later than 5 days before they expire. Expired .cx and .am domains are subject to a $49 redemption fee.

If a domain isn't renewed before its expiration date, it faces deletion if you don't take action. Here's typically what happens at Porkbun after your domain expires:

For the first 10 days, nothing. Your domain will keep resolving as before.

Your domain will be made to stop resolving DNS requests ten days after it expires. It can be renewed at the normal renewal price for the first 29-30 days after expiration. These 29-30 days are called the “Auto-Renew Grace Period.”

For days 30-31 through 36-37, the domain is put up for auction through Dynadot. You may still renew the domain during this time at the standard renewal fee.  If the domain is purchased at auction it will be transferred to the winner at the end of this seven day period. 

For days 37-38 through 39-40, if the domain was not purchased at auction, it will remain available for renewal at the standard renewal fee.

For days 40-41 through 69-70, the domain passes into the "Redemption Grace Period." The domain is seized by its registry (see: " What is a registry?") and can be redeemed for $120 plus the normal renewal fee.

From days 70-71 through 74-75, it will be "Pending Delete" and can no longer be redeemed. On or around the 75th or 76th day, it will either be released to the public or reserved by its registry.

Typical timeline of events after a domain expires at Porkbun

Length of Porkbun’s “Auto-Renew Grace Period”:

29-30 days

The Auto-Renew Grace Period begins the moment your domain expires. This is the first of two grace periods. During this first grace period, you can renew a domain at Porkbun for the regular price of a renewal with no extra fees. Please note that other registrars may have an Auto-Renew Grace Period as short as zero days or as long as 45 days.

How long Porkbun's nameservers will continue to resolve DNS requests after a domain has expired:

10 days

We understand that lapses in registration happen, so our servers will continue to respond to DNS requests for the first 10 days of the Auto-Renew Grace Period to prevent service interruptions if there’s a few days’ lag before you get a chance to renew your domain.

Length of Porkbun's "Auction Period":

Seven days

The Auction Period begins at the end of the standard Auto-Renew Grace Period and lasts for seven days. You may still renew the domain during this time at the standard renewal fee. If the domain is purchased at auction it will be transferred to the winner at the end of this seven day period.

If the domain is not purchased at auction, it will remain available for renewal at the standard renewal fee for three more days before going into the Redemption Grace Period.

Length of the “Redemption Grace Period” for all registrars, including Porkbun:

30 days

If the domain is not purchased at auction, this 30 day window kicks in three days after the end of the Auction Period, so for domains registered at Porkbun, the window begins the 40th-41st day after your domain has expired and extends to the 69th-70th day.

The moment a domain enters the Redemption Grace Period, it is seized by the registry (for instance, .com, .horse, .xyz, etc.) and Porkbun is unable to renew the domain without first paying the registry a fee to “redeem” (get back) your expired domain. For the sake of fairness, Porkbun charges its customers a flat $120 fee regardless of our cost, which can vary by registry. Please note that that this $120 fee is in addition to the normal renewal price, which you’ll still need to pay once the domain has been redeemed. If your domain has been expired for more than 40 but less than 70 days and has disappeared from Domain Management, contact support@porkbun.com to begin the redemption process.

At the end of Porkbun’s Redemption Grace Period, it will have been 69-70 days since your Porkbun-registered domain expired. Your domain will enter “Pending Delete” status.

Length of the “Pending Delete” period following the Redemption Grace Period:

Five days

Once your domain is marked Pending Delete, there’s no turning back—the domain may be lost forever. All you can do is wait five days at which point one of the following will happen:

  • The domain may be released to the public and anyone can register it on a first-come-first-served basis—including drop catch bots, so be warned. 
  • The registry may "re-tier" the domain as "premium" significantly increasing the cost of re-registering the domain.
  • The registry may reserve the domain so that it can't be registered by anyone, indefinitely.

Please note that all the times and dates in this article are estimates. Many of the factors mentioned in this article are beyond our control. Porkbun makes no guarantees that the above timelines and procedures will be adhered to.

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