If your domain registration expires the domain enters a redemption period, during which we may retrieve your domain name for an additional fee. Currently that fee is $100. The redemption period lasts 30 days.
One week into the redemption period, the expired domain—assuming it has not been renewed—is placed into a 10-day domain auction, allowing prospective registrants to bid on the domain. The winner of the auction obtains the domain registration ownership two weeks after the auction end date.
Once the redemption period ends—and the domain has neither been renewed nor obtained through auction or backordering—the domain is deleted at the registry. The domain name re-enters the public pool of available domains, and it is no longer redeemable.
Though this 30-day period extends the time available to renew an expired domain, all names entering the redemption period are removed from the zone files (the list of domains currently in our Domain Name Server). Therefore, any Web site or e-mail services associated with the domain name will stop working. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that you let us manage your domain and have us renew your domain registration before the domain name enters the redemption state.