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Wanted to know how long a registrar can hold a name after it has expired and not been reregistered. One of my competitors has closed shop and the name is now expired since 3/4/05 but it is still tied up and I don't want to make it cost more by letting someone know I am trying to buy it. (Hope to capture any of their old customers who may have bookmarked the site or any listing remaining on the web, some directory listing still there.)
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Domains that expire at DomainsNext are released after their term expires. Please remember when looking at a domain's expiration date that the format is Month/Day/Year- MM/DD/YEAR. Domains that expire at another registrar are subject to their own policies. They do vary from registrar to registrar, however, there are some consistencies. There is usually a grace period, and then a period when the domain is "on hold"- where nobody can do anything with it. Generally, you will need to give a domain at least 30 days from the time of expiration to be released. You cannot put in any kind of "pre-claim" on the name. You'll have to wait until it is released by the registrar, and then register it manually. Lately, Network Solutions has adopted the policy of not releasing domain names. If a name expires at Network Solutions, they will require it to be re-registered at NSI. For a registrar's specific release policy, you should contact the registrar that owns the name. You can find out who is the registrar for a specific name by entering the name into the central database search engine at http://www.internic.net/whois.html .
From another registrar
What is the Redemption Period?
The redemption period is a Registry level period of up to 30 days that occurs when a domain name is deleted after it
expires without being renewed. Instead of just being deleted and returned to the pool of domain names available for registration, the registry holds the name in a REDEMPTION PERIOD. During this 30-day period, the original domain registrant may retrieve the domain name from deletion (usually for an additional fee) by contacting their Registrar.
This extra 30-day period extends the time available to renew expired domain names. However, all names that enter the redemption period are removed from the zone files (the list of domains currently in the global DNS); therefore, any Web site or email services associated with the domain name will stop working.
After the 30-day redemption period there is a 5-day pending delete phase. When a domain is in this phase no one can retrieve the domain and it cannot be registered. After the 5-day pending delete phase the Registry will release the domain name back into the public pool of available domain names.
We strongly recommend that you renew your domain registration before the domain name is placed in redemption. If your domain name is placed into redemption, we cannot prevent the zone files being removed from the DNS and your Web site and any associated services will cease to work.
IMPORTANT NOTE There is an additional fee, separate from the renewal fee, for retrieving a domain name from redemption.
I would start watching for availibility of domain name one month after expiration date.
Two of my clients let their domain names expire. One changed her e-mail address and failed to notify registrar. We were able to reregister it during that period of one month after domain name was released and a cost of 100 + regular registration cost. I never got full story on the other domain name. What I heard did not add up. That domain name was bought as speculative venture by someone I would classify as scalper. Person bought a person's name. We purchased dot net version of name and went on our way. Suspect scalper will have to eat that domain name.