Every day, approximately 2,000 .ORG domain names become available because domain holders (registrants) allowed them to expire or were unaware that the domain names were up for renewal. And every day, those same .ORG domain names become vulnerable to companies and individuals who can exploit them for economic gain, without regard for their actual use or meaning. The process of obtaining expired domain names has become sophisticated, automated and increasingly popular with potentially serious consequences to the original .ORG domain holders.
Protect the value and credibility .ORG brings to your enterprise by renewing on time. Download these five simple steps and make sure your .ORG domain name doesn't inadvertently fall into the wrong hands.
If your expiration date has passed it may still be possible to renew your registration depending on the policies of your registrar. When a domain name reaches the expiration date, .ORG will auto-renew it for one year and debit your registrar's account for the renewal fee. If your registrar has not yet received your registration payment, your registrar can take one of several actions, including deleting or placing your domain name on hold. It is up to you to verify that you have submitted the renewal fee to your registrar.
If your registrar has deleted your domain name, it's placed in the Redemption Grace Period (RGP) status of "Pending Delete--Restorable." Through the RGP, you have 30 days from the time your domain name is deleted to restore and renew it. After 30 days, you may not restore or renew the domain. See our FAQs section for more information.
Once your domain name is deleted and registered to another party, it may be impossible to get back. You must contact your registrar or reseller to determine what, if anything, can be done. You also may file a complaint with ICANN.