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Developer Guide (API Version 2013-04-01)

Renewing Registration for a Domain

When you register a domain with Amazon Route 53 or you transfer domain registration to Amazon Route 53, we configure the domain to renew automatically. The automatic renewal period is typically one year, although the registries for some top-level domains (TLDs) have longer renewal periods. For the registration and renewal period for your TLD, see Domains That You Can Register with Amazon Route 53.

Note that you can't use AWS credits to pay the fee for renewing registration for a domain.

For most top-level domains (TLDs), you can change the expiration date for a domain. For more information, see Extending the Registration Period for a Domain.

Important

If you turn off automatic renewal, be aware of the following effects on your domain:

  • Some TLD registries delete domains even before the expiration date if you don't renew early enough. We strongly recommend that you leave automatic renewal enabled if you want to keep a domain name.

  • We also strongly recommend that you not plan to re-register a domain after it has expired. Some registrars allow others to register domains immediately after the domains expire, so you might not be able to re-register before the domain is taken by someone else.

  • Some registries charge a large premium to restore expired domains.

  • On or near the expiration date, the domain becomes unavailable on the internet.

To determine whether automatic renewal is enabled for your domain, see Enabling or Disabling Automatic Renewal for a Domain.

If automatic renewal is enabled, here's what happens:

45 days before expiration

We send an email to the registrant contact that tells you that automatic renewal is currently enabled and gives instructions about how to disable it. Keep your registrant contact email address current so you don't miss this email.

35 or 30 days before expiration

For all domains except .com.ar, .com.br, and .jp domains, we renew domain registration 35 days before the expiration date so we have time to resolve any issues with your renewal before the domain name expires.

The registries for .com.ar, .com.br, and .jp domains require that we renew the domains no more than 30 days before expiration. You'll get a renewal email from Gandi, our registrar associate, 30 days before expiration, which is the same day that we renew your domain if you have automatic renewal enabled.

Note

When we renew your domain, we send you an email to let you know that we renewed it. If the renewal failed, we send you an email to explain why it failed.

If automatic renewal is disabled, here's what happens as the expiration date for a domain name approaches:

45 days before expiration

We send an email to the registrant contact for the domain that tells you that automatic renewal is currently disabled and gives instructions about how to enable it. Keep your registrant contact email address current so you don't miss this email.

30 days and 7 days before expiration

If automatic renewal is disabled for the domain, ICANN, the governing body for domain registration, requires the registrar to send you an email. The email comes from one of the following email addresses:

  • noreply@registrar.amazon.com – For domains for which the registrar is Amazon Registrar.

  • noreply@domainnameverification.net – For domains for which the registrar is our registrar associate, Gandi.

To determine who the registrar is for your TLD, see Domains That You Can Register with Amazon Route 53.

If you enable automatic renewal less than 30 days before expiration, and the renewal period has not passed, we renew the domain within 24 hours.

Important

Some TLD registries stop allowing renewals as much as 25 days before the expiration date, and many don't allow renewal after the expiration date. In addition, processing a renewal can take up to a day. If you delay too long before enabling automatic renewal, the domain might expire before renewal can be processed, and you might lose the domain. If the expiration date is approaching, we recommend that you manually extend the expiration date for the domain. For more information, see Extending the Registration Period for a Domain.

For more information about renewal periods, go to the "Renewal, restoration, and deletion times" table on the Renewing a Domain Name page on the Gandi website.

After the expiration date

Most domains are held by the registrar for a brief time after expiration, so you might be able to renew an expired domain after the expiration date, but we strongly recommend that you keep automatic renewal enabled if you want to keep your domain. For information about trying to renew a domain after the expiration date, see Renewing or Restoring an Expired Domain.

Renewing or Restoring an Expired Domain

If you don't renew a domain before the expiration date, some registries for top-level domains (TLDs) allow you to do one or both of the following:

  • Renew the expired domain during a late-renewal period

  • Restore the domain after the late-renewal period passes and before it becomes available for others to register

To try to renew or restore domain registration for a domain that has expired

  1. Determine whether the TLD registry for the domain supports renewing or restoring expired domains.

    1. Go to the "Renewal, restoration, and deletion times" table on the Renewing a Domain Name page on the Gandi website.

    2. Find the TLD for your domain, and review the applicable values:

      • Determine whether the registry supports renewing or restoring an expired domain.

      • If renewal or restoration is supported, determine whether the domain is still within the renewal or restoration period.

      The list includes some TLDs that Amazon Route 53 doesn't support.

    Important

    We forward renewal and restoration requests to Gandi, which processes the requests during business hours Monday through Friday. Gandi is based in Paris, where the time is UTC/GMT +1 hour. As a result, depending on when you submit your request, in rare cases it can take a week or more for a request to be processed.

  2. Get the expiration date for the domain:

    1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon Route 53 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/route53/.

    2. In the navigation pane, choose Registered Domains.

    3. Choose the name of the domain that you want to view the expiration date for.

    4. Check the value of Expires on.

  3. Using the AWS account that the domain was registered to, sign in to the AWS Support Center.

  4. Specify the following values:

    Regarding

    Accept the default value of Account and Billing Support.

    Service

    Accept the default value of Billing.

    Category

    Accept the default value of Domain name registration issue.

    Subject

    Type Renew an expired domain.

    Description

    Provide the following information:

    • The domain that you want to renew

    • The account ID of the AWS account that the domain was registered to

    Contact method

    Specify a contact method and, if you choose Phone, enter the applicable values.

  5. Choose Submit.

  6. When we learn whether we were able to renew or restore your expired domain, a customer support representative will contact you. In addition, if we were able to renew or restore your domain, the expiration date in the console will change to the new date.