Remember to renew your domain name

Your domain name is yours for a limited time. Contact your registrar before the expiry date to complete the renewal process.


From the very start of the Internet, it has never been possible to buy a domain name outright. The right to use it on an exclusive basis is granted to you for a limited period. In France, for the .fr, .re, .yt, .pm, .wf and .tf TLDs, this period is from one year to ten years.

From the perspective of Afnic, renewal is by tacit agreement and results in the billing of registration fee. The invoice is sent to your registrar, which has one month to pay it.

In case of tacit renewal, the registation period is for one year.

It is also possible to renew explicitly your domain name and to choose the period of registration (from one year to ten years).


In practice

As for the registration of your domain name, you should contact your registrar in order to renew it. Even if your contract includes automatic renewal, it is useful to check before the expiry date whether the renewal process requires your intervention and/or payment or not. Use the opportunity also to check the accuracy of your contact details and the administrative information recorded in the Whois directory.

Pay attention to deadlines

Remember that if your registrar has not heard from you before the deadline, the registrar will send a delete order to AFNIC, so that it does not have to pay the renewal bill for you. After a redemption period of 30 days for domain names with the .fr, .re, .yt, .pm, .wf and .tf TLDs, your domain name returns to the public domain, i.e. it can be reserved by someone else.

The redemption period

The redemption period is the safety period during which the request to delete a domain name is still reversible. It is only at the end of this period that the domain name you have asked to be deleted falls into the public domain and can be reserved by someone else. The redemption period runs from the date of deletion of the domain name. During this period, no transaction involving a trade or transfer is possible and your domain name is not available for reservation, except for you if you change your mind.



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