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Expired Domain Shows a Future Date on WHOIS at the Registry

Article Number: KB 480

Product: Domain Management

Audience:eNom Reseller, eNom Central, Bulk Register


My domain is expired in your system, but the registry's WHOIS says that it does not expire for another year. Which is right?


When a domain expires, the registry automatically bills the registrar for the renewal of that domain. This allows the registrar to retain the domain in case it was an unintentional expiration. This also allows the previous owner to have time to renew the domain during the expiration grace period.

Even though there is a future date on the domain, the name is still expired, because the registrar hasn't yet received payment for the domain. Technically, the previous registrant is no longer the owner; the domain becomes inactive, the website is replaced with a parking page, and all services are disabled (such as email).

Once the domain is renewed, it will be added back to the active list of domains in the account, and it will no longer show as expired. Once an expired domain is renewed, there is often a delay for the services to become active again (see Propagation Time for Registered and Reactivated Domains). Please renew your domains before the actual expiration date to avoid unintentional expirations and downtime (see How to Renew Domains (including Bulk Renewal).

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Last Updated: November, 2015


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