5 Things every Domain Name Registrant should know about ICANN's Expired Registration Recovery Policy (ERRP)
- The ERRP sets minimum renewal notification requirements for registrars before and after domain names expire, as well as certain requirements for renewal and restoration of expired domain names.
- A link to the full ERRP can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/consensus-policies/errp
- Registrars must send you at least two renewal reminder notices before the domain name expires, one approximately one month prior to expiration and the second approximately one week prior to expiration. If a domain name registration expires and is deleted by the registrar, the registrar must also send at least one additional notice within 5 days after expiration. This notice must include instructions for restoring the registration. All notices are sent to the registrant email address listed in the official contact information of the domain name so make sure your contact information is up-to-date to receive these important notices.
- Registrars must make their renewal fees, post-expiration renewal fees (if different), and redemption/restore fees reasonably available to you and other prospective registrants at the time of registration of a domain name. At a minimum, these fees must be clearly displayed on the registrar's website and a link to these fees, or the fees themselves must be included in the registrar's registration agreements. Registrars must also ensure that these fees are displayed on their resellers' websites. Registrars may change their fees at any time but must notify you if they do. Be sure to keep your contact info up-to-date so you receive any notices of changes to fees.
- If the Registrar does not immediately delete the domain name upon expiration, it may offer an Auto Renew Grace Period, a 1-45-day period during which you may renew an expired domain name. This may come at a fee so be sure to read your Registrar's Terms of Service carefully to see if this Period is offered, for how many days, and any fees that might be associated with it. You should be aware that during the auto-renew period, the domain name may be available to third parties for registration, depending on your registrar's terms of service. You may also run the risk of having your domain name auctioned to a third party by your registrar during this period (depending on your terms of service) – yet another reason to be sure you understand your terms of service and always renew your domain name well before it expires.
- The ERRP requires all generic TLD registries to offer a Redemption Grace Period ("RGP") of 30 days immediately following the deletion of a domain name registration. During this 30-day period, registries are prohibited from transferring the domain name, and must allow the registered name holder of the domain name to restore the domain name registration. If you are the registered name holder of a domain name that has been deleted by your registrar and want to restore your domain name registration during this Period, you can contact your registrar for assistance. Note that your registrar may charge a fee for this service.
- The ERRP requires registrars to disrupt the domain name's DNS service for up to 8 days before deleting the domain name and registries to do the same during the 30-day Redemption Grace Period. The disruption will cause any services associated with the domain name such as a website or email service to no longer work. This disruption is intended to be a last mechanism to inform you that your domain name has expired so that you can take action if you want.
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More information is available on ICANN's Expired Registration Recovery Policy and Expired Domain Deletion Policy pages.