When a domain name reaches its expiration date and is not renewed by the registrar, the registry system performs an auto-renew on the domain name. The auto-renew extends the expiration date for one year whether or not the registrar has received payment from the registrant. For example:
Example.org, example.орг, example.机构, or example.संगठन, is set to expire on April 25, 2004. The following events will occur:
- The registry auto-renews domain names the day after they expire. If the registrar does not renew this domain name with their registry prior to April 25, the registry will auto-renew the domain name for one year on April 26.
- The registry auto-renews domain names the day after they expire. Therefore, on April 26, the registry will auto-renew the domain name for one year.
- On April 26, the new expiration date will read April 25, 2005.
- The registrar then has 45 days during which they may delete the registration and receive a credit for the registry fee.
To verify if your domain name has recently been auto-renewed, Ccheck the “Last Update Date” field in WHOIS. If this field states that your domain name was last updated the day after it expired, your name probably was auto-renewed.