Have you ever wondered if you could possibly transfer an expired domain? In this article, you’ll learn more about that.
Is it possible to transfer a domain when it’s already expired?
The answer is yes. You can transfer an expired domain due to ICANN regulations as the current domain name owner.
The domain transfer process requires help from the Domain Registrar; thus, you will need to contact them beforehand to help you start the transfer.
Conditions under which you can transfer an expired domain.
If you do not have any pending fees with your Domain Registrar for the previous registration period, you can initiate the transfer of the expired domain. Your domain should also be still in the Redemption Grace Period.
More information about Redemption and Grace Periods and Renewals can be found here.
Conditions under which you can not transfer an expired domain.
If you have pending fees in the Domain Registrar for the previous registration period, you will not be able to initiate the transfer. Another condition would be the time passed in the Redemption Period after expiration.
If the Redemption Period passes, the domain registrar, as per ICANN rules, will start deleting your domain name and purge it from the domain registrar history. Once that process is initiated you will not be able to transfer the expired domain since its status will be changed to “pending delete“.
More information about different Domain statuses can be found here.
Once the deletion process has started, you can still recover your domain, however, there will be an additional Redemption Fee for the domain registrar to re-instate it back to active status.
You will need to register it through the same domain registrar and wait for the 60 days of Domain Lock for newly registered domains before you can initiate another transfer.
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