The domain after the expiration of the registration period, which occurs from the moment the date specified in the whois service in the Expiration Date field, is blocked by the registry and stops working. Thus, all services on the domain, such as a website, mail, stop working.  The domain owner, while the domain is in the onhold state, has the opportunity to renew the registration during the blocking period.

If the owner does not confirm the domain renewal within the Lock Period, then the Registrar will initiate the domain deletion procedure in the Registry. The procedure for deleting a domain in the Registry lasts about 30 days. The status in Whois service changes to:

  • .NET, .COM, .CC, .TV, .BZ, .MN - RedemptionPeriod,
  • .BIZ, .TEL — Pending Delete,
  • .INFO, .ORG, .ME, .MOBI, .NAME - PendingDelete Restorable.

In most cases, within 20-25 days from the start of the deletion procedure, the domain can still be restored and renewed (except for .WS, .KZ) at the request of the Domain Administrator, but this service is paid and usually amounts to a surcharge of at least 100 % of the cost for restoration and the base cost of renewal. To clarify prices, you need to contact technical support, indicating the domain name. If the domain has not been restored and renewed, it will usually be deleted from the Registry within 5 days after the end of the RedemptionPeriod (Pending Delete or PendingDelete Restorable). During these 5 days (the status of the domain in the Registry is PendingDelete), it is impossible to restore, renew or register the domain.

After the domain is removed from the Registry, the domain can be registered by any person.