Orphan domain name

An "orphan domain name" is a domain name that is not anymore administered by a registrar.

If a Registrar is no longer under contract with Afnic for any reason whatsoever, including:
  • Failure to renew its registration agreement with Afnic;
  • collective insolvency proceedings;
  • trading in the domain concerned has ceased;
  • termination of the registration agreement with Afnic, irrespective of the reason;


the domain names administered by the registrar will be considered to be "orphan domain names", and registrants must choose a new Registrar.
The Registrar is responsible for notifying its customers and registrants of same beforehand.


If the registrar fails to comply, Afnic will notify the registrant and, if necessary, the administrative contact of the need to change registrar.


The Naming Charter details the procedure to follow in such cases.


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