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[council] Implementation of Expired Registration Recovery Policy

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  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:02:41 -0800
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Implementation of Expired Registration Recovery Policy
28 February 2013

ICANN is pleased to announce the implementation of the Expired Registration 
Recovery Policy 
 This policy was developed from the Generic Name Supporting Organization 
("GNSO")'s Post Expiration Domain Name Recovery ("PEDNR") recommendations, 
which were adopted by ICANN's Board of Directors on 28 October 2011. The policy 
was drafted in consultation with the GNSO's PEDNR Implementation Review Team 
and was posted for public comment on 11 October 2012.

The ERRP is expected to promote better understanding of registrants' options 
and help alleviate common issues related to the expiration of gTLD 
registrations. This policy is intended to help align registrant expectations 
with registrar practices by establishing certain minimum communications 
requirements and making renewal and redemption of domain name registrations 
uniformly available in prescribed circumstances.

Some of the most notable provisions of the ERRP include the following 

 1.  To help prevent unintended non-renewal of domain name registrations, 
registrars will be required to notify registered name holders of the expiration 
of their registrations at least two times: approximately one month prior to the 
expiration date and, again, approximately one week prior to the expiration date.
 2.  All gTLD registries must offer a Redemption Grace Period of 30 days 
immediately following the deletion of a registration. (Sponsored gTLDs are 
exempt, and not required to offer a Redemption Grace Period.) During the 
Redemption Grace Period, the registrant must be permitted by its registrar to 
restore the deleted registration.
 3.  To promote consumer choice and awareness, registrars must make their 
renewal and redemption fees reasonably available to registered name holders and 
prospective registered name holders at the time of registration of a domain 
 4.  As in the past, registrars may delete registrations at any time after they 
expire, subject to applicable consensus policies and provisions of the 
Registrar Accreditation 
 However, the ERRP requires that resolution of the domain name be interrupted 
for a period of time after expiration, but before deletion, of the name to help 
make the registrant aware of the expiration of its name. Additionally, any 
parking page hosted by the registrar at the expired domain name must include or 
point to renewal instructions.

All ICANN-accredited registrars and gTLD registries are required to comply with 
the Expired Registration Recovery Policy by no later than 31 August 2013.

Consistent with the recommendations of the GNSO's PEDNR Working Group, ICANN is 
in the process of developing educational materials in consultation with 
interested stakeholders to help the community better understand this policy and 
how it applies to them.

A link to the ERRP can be found here: 


 The actual language of the ERRP is binding on ICANN-accredited registrars and 
gTLD registries, not the summary provided here.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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