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Specific Duration Domain Grace, Redemption and Deletion Periods
Are there specific timelines that ALL registrars are required to adopt, apply and respect?

 6:23 pm on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Ok, I have been having a total pain in the behind with trying to get five domain names transferred from 1and1 to GoDaddy. It really should not be that difficult.

One of the domains is in the redemption period right after it expired. (It expired waiting on them to mess around for a week or so to UNLOCK it for me so I could transfer it).

I was told by GoDaddy that there is supposed to be a 12 day grace period and they found it odd that 1and1 says it is in Redemption. It expired on 10-31-09 and immediately went into redemption according to 1and1. The lovely choices they give me is to pay them 40 bucks to get it out of redemption or wait for it to expire and try to get it.

It is not a domain that is worth much, so I am not paying 40 bucks or even 20 bucks to grab it.

I just wanted to transfer and renew it.

My question is do all registrars have to offer the grace period and is it legal for a registrar to put it in redemption immediately when it expires.

Thanks for your help.



 10:03 pm on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm in the process of moving a domain from Dotster to GoDaddy. They told me there is a 5-day hold period that is in place to ensure the transaction is not fraudulent. Oddly however the actual owner cannot confirm the transfer electronically within that time period, perhaps for fraud-deterrent reasons. If I want the domain sooner I have to fax my driver's license to them and then they will release it sooner.

What bugs me isn't the 5 days, but how easy it is to make a fake driver's license copy via poor quality fax...


 3:35 am on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

My question is do all registrars have to offer the grace period and is it legal for a registrar to put it in redemption immediately when it expires.

No and yes. One registrar used to do the same thing until they got acquired.

It depends on their business model.



 1:41 pm on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

See this flow chart at ICANN [gnso.icann.org].

You can turn up some interesting reading material at ICANN using the search query: site:ICANN.org (additional words here, no parentheses)

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