Renewing an Expired Domain

Posted on Apr 1, 2008

author: Kathy

One of the inquiries we often get is how to renew an expired domain. It all depends on how “expired” the domain is.

When you do a Domain Whois lookup, you will see:

   Registrar: IN2NET NETWORK, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: DNS3.DOTEASY.COM
   Name Server: DNS4.DOTEASY.COM
   Status: ACTIVE
   Updated Date: 13-mar-2008
   Creation Date: 13-mar-2008
   Expiration Date: 13-mar-2009

>>> Last update of Whois database: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 16:18:35 UTC <<<

The Status: will tell you how “expired” the domain is.

Status: ACTIVE

An active status signifies that the domain is not expired, on hold, in redemption or pending deletion.

To renew your domain: Use the “Renew Domain” function in your Member Zone.


This signifies that the domain has expired. Very often you will see that the Expiration Date: has been pushed forward a year. It is not an accurate indicator that the domain has expired. The extension is to make possible a 40-day grace period. After expiration, the domain will lapse into a grace period of about 40 days. During this grace period, the owner can renew the domain for the same cost as a regular domain renewal, although it may take 48-72 hours for the domain to become active again.

To renew your domain: The “Renew Domain” function in your Member Zone will allow you to renew a domain that is within 30-days of expiry. After that, you will need to send your renewal request to us using our Contact Us form.


After the 40-day grace period has lapsed, the domain will enter the Redemption Period, which can last up to 30 days. The domain name at this stage will now cost more to renew due to the manual addition to the registry. It can take several days for the domain to become active again once the fees are paid.

To renew your domain: You will need to contact us using our Contact Us form. Renewal cost will be the regular domain renewal rate + a US$100 Domain Redemption fee.


The final step in the domain lifecycle is deletion, which occurs 5 days after the Redemption Period ends. The domain will be removed from the registry entirely and then become publicly available for registration.

If your domain is currently in the Pending Delete status, we will need to wait until the domain has been publicly released before proceeding with a re-registration. Please note that publicly available means that the domain will be back to a first come, first serve and successful re-registration is not guaranteed.

A reminder: To busy to remember your domain’s expiry date? Try Doteasy’s free domain auto-renewal service. With the auto-renewal service, we will proceed with a renewal 5-days prior to your domain’s expiration date. Login to your Member Zone to enable the free domain auto-renewal service today! Note that Doteasy also sends domain renewal reminders to the contact email addresses on file 5-days prior to domain expiration.