What happens when your GoDaddy domain name expires?

By Michela Owen on February 8, 2023

By Michela Owen on February 8, 2023

GoDaddy is an excellent resource for domain registration & website building. However, keeping up with renewal dates and other account maintenance can be hectic when you have a million other responsibilities. Here is a complete timeline of how to renew your GoDaddy domain and what you need to do.

If you caught the expiration early

If you were an early bird and caught the expiration before it happened, you’re golden! All you need to do is let the domain name auto-renew, or you can manually renew it at the standard renewal rate with no change to your site or account. 

Manually renew your domain 

  1. Sign into your GoDaddy account
  2. Select renewal & billing 
  3. Check the box that appears next to domain
  4. At the top of the page, select add to cart 
  5. Complete the purchase 

When your domain is parked

On day 5 of your expiration, your domain becomes parked. This means your site and email will only work once you renew. Until day 19, you can renew your domain for the standard renewal rate. 

Redemption fees/account auction

Once day 19 hits, you pay the standard renewal price plus a redemption fee to renew your domain. On day 26, your domain will go to auction. However, your domain can still be restored if there are no active bids. 

On day 30, your domain expires. However, you can still renew if there are no active bids! There is a separate renewal process if your domain has expired, however.

Renew an expired domain 

  1. Sign in to the GoDaddy domain portfolio
  2. View the expired domain
  3. Select the box next to the expired domain you wish to renew
  4. Select renew
  5. Pay and check out

Final closeout auction/domain removal 

Final closeout auctions are held 36 days after your domain has expired. You can still renew if no one has bid. If a bid has been placed on your domain, you can counter the bid. The final closeout will end on the 41st day of your domain expiration, and on the 72nd day, your domain will be removed from your account. You cannot renew anymore. You may be able to register the domain after the registry has released it.

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