How do I renew my expired domain?
This article will explain how you can renew your domain after the expiry date.
Expired domains are domain names that were registered but haven’t been renewed ahead of their expiration date. This can be due to several reasons, such as expired payment details or because the domain wasn’t set to auto-renew.
If you’ve failed to renew your domain name before its expiry date, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve lost it. In fact, some domain names can still be renewed after expiry. Read on to find out how!
What happens after my domain has expired?
After the expiry date has passed, your domain will enter into a ‘grace period’, during which you can still renew your domain name for no additional fee. Depending on your domain’s extension, this could be up to 30 days, although there are some exceptions. For example, .UK domains have a 90-day grace period while others don’t have a grace period at all (see section below). To renew your domain name during its grace period, you will need to contact our Support team, who will confirm if your domain is eligible for renewal and help you renew it.
If you don’t renew your domain during this time, then it may enter a ‘redemption period’, in which you’ll have one last chance to renew your domain before it’s released onto the open market. A redemption period is typically 30 days long, although this may vary depending on your domain’s extension. To retrieve a domain from redemption, you will need to contact our Support team. You will also have to pay a recovery fee of £75 (plus VAT), along with a 1 year renewal fee.
For more details about the grace period, please read the following article: What is the domain recovery period and how can I restore my domain names?
Please note: some domain names will incur a higher charge, plus renewal fee, based on the registry’s prices. These exceptions are listed below:
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How do I renew an expired domain?
To renew a domain name that has expired, simply follow the steps outlined below:
Start by logging in to your 123 Reg Control Panel.
Next, select Manage All opposite Domains within the ‘All Products and Services’ section.
You will now see a complete list of your purchased domain names. Select which one(s) you wish to update by clicking the checkbox next to them within the provided list.
If you can’t find your domain in this list, you may be able to find it on the Domain Name Overview page within our legacy Control Panel. For more details on this, please read the following article: How do I access and manage my products?
If you’re using our current Control Panel, click Renew Now in the bar that appears below. If you can’t see this option, click More instead and you will find it within the menu that appears.
If you’re using our legacy Control Panel, select Renew opposite Renew Domains within the main Control Panel menu.
If you’re using our current Control Panel, a pop-up window will now appear, asking you to select your renewal length (between 1-9 years) and/or turn on auto-renewal. Once you’ve done this, click Continue to Checkout.
If you’re using our legacy Control Panel, you’ll see all the domain names you’ve purchased that are due for renewal. If your domain has expired, it will be listed within the ‘Domains Not Renewed’ section. Simply tick the checkbox for the domain you wish to renew and then click Add to basket.
Complete the checkout process to renew your expired domain.
Are there any domains that DON’T have a grace period?
The following domains have NO grace period, due to specific registry rules, and will go directly to redemption:
Similarly, the following domains cannot be restored after its expiry date:
How long do I need to wait until an expired domain will be available for purchase?
Most expired domains names are available to re-purchase 70 days after the expiry date, provided they aren’t renewed by the current owner during the grace or redemption period. However, this period may vary depending on the domain’s extension.