If your .de domain name has reached its expiration date but has not yet been renewed, it is automatically moved to DENIC, the root registry for .DE domains as there is no grace period for .DE domains.
DENIC will contact you, the registrant, regarding the renewal, so it's important to make sure that the domain contact information is accurate.
.de TRANSIT to Denic
If your .de domain name is placed in TRANSIT, DENIC informs you accordingly by letter. The letter is sent to the domain registrants's address that is stored in the database. You as the domain registrant then have a period of four weeks to decide what is to happen to the domain concerned.
If you want to make sure that your .de domain name remains registered, you must arrange for a DENIC member to take charge of administering it again. You will need to contact DENIC to obtain the domains Authcode required to transfer this domain back to your account.
If you no longer want to keep your .de domain name, you will need to initiate its deletion.
If you do nothing by the date stipulated in the letter, DENIC takes over administration of your .de domain name in accordance with the terms and conditions of its DENICdirect Service and sends you an invoice based on its current price list. See: http://www.denic.de/en/preisliste.html.
You are thus urged to make your mind up as quickly as possible as to which of the alternatives you want.
Transit FAQ: http://www.denic.de/en/faq-about-domain-transit.html
Important: This invoice from DENIC must then be paid and is enforced by a debt collection agency.
Forms for Customers of DENICdirect
There are two forms available for you to fill in dependent on what you wish to do with your expired .de domain name, you can find these on the link below:
Delete a domain (for DENICdirect-customers) This form is only for domain holders who are customers of our service DENICdirect. Domain holders, whose domains are not administrated by DENICdirect, must contact their provider directly in order to delete their domains.
DENICdirect customers should send the completed deletion request form with the legally binding signature of the domain holder or the administrative contact to:
60329 Frankfurt am Main
Fax: +49 69 27 235 238