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Domain Redemption​​​​​​​ Explained

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Domain Redemption is what happens to a domain name that has expired and passed the Renewal Grace Period. This status is meant to be a final point of retrieval before the domain name goes back to general availability. If for some reason your domain does not automatically renew, for example, if you have chosen to set your domain to renew manually or if your payment details are not up-to-date, you will need to make sure you renew your domain before it expires. For more information on domain renewals, please see our article Domain Renewal Explained.

If your domain name has already expired past the Renewal Grace Period and is within the Redemption Grace Period, you may need to redeem your domain name by following the instructions below.

Domain Redemption Details:

  • The "Redemption Grace Period" lasts for 30 days after the Renewal Grace Period.
  • You can still renew your domain name but will have to cover the costs of retaining the domain past expiration, referred to as the Domain Redemption Fee, which is $150 in addition to the registration fee.
  • After you exceed the redemption period, you will not be able to redeem your domain and will need to purchase the domain name again (from any Registrar you choose) once the domain reaches general availability.

This process usually lasts 7 - 10 days, depending on the registrar.

Domain Redemption

To begin redeeming a domain that has already expired and is not past the Redemption Grace Period, you will need to reach out to our support team, at support@Gator.com ensuring your email subject is 'Domain Redemption Retrieval’:

Be sure to include the following information:

  • Domain name:
  • Name domain is registered (Registrant):
  • Registrant Email address:
  • Registrant telephone number:


Click the button above to open your email client and add the necessary criteria to the email body. From there, we will reply with the essential steps to proceed.

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