What is a Redemption Grace Period (RGP)?

Most gTld domains - means domains under ICANN regulation - know a special status: Redemption Grace Period, often referred to as "RGP".

What does this mean?
A domain usually will be deleted for two reasons:
  • explicit request from the customer
  • domain is not renewed and therefore expired
A domain will not be deleted immediately from the database of the registry. Instead, for up to 30 days following the deletion, the domain can not be registered again, but the registrar responsible for the domain has the option to "reanimate" the domain again for the registrant. This option in intended to salvage usually rare cases of renewal problems before the final deletion of a domain.

Important: Please note that Joker.com does additionally add a grace period of up to 30 days for expired domains. This means, that for regular expired domains, the 30 days of the "Redemption Grace Period"will start after the 30 days of Joker.com's grace period.
This is also dependent on the type of domain, resp. the registry operating the domain.
A domain name which is in Redemption still can be restored ("re-registered"), using either the Redemption Restore Procedure to restore your domain, or by browsing the pool of all available domains in RGP.
Since most registries regard this to be a special procedure, this usually also has a different price tag.
The pricing differs depending on the type of domain, please have a look into the price list.
Please also note: After a successful restore of a domain name from Redemption, a transfer to another regsitrar is not possible for 30 days.
After 30 days in RGP, the status of the domain will change to "pending delete" for 5 days. During these 5 days Joker.com has no possibility to restore the domain name.
During the 6th day after the deletion, the domain is free to be registered again through regular procedures.
To provide fair conditions for all, the exact time for when a new registration is possible is randomly chosen.

However, please note that before Joker.com deletes a domain, the responsible contacts of this domain will be notified several times by email. Please find the exact scheme of notifications in ERRP - Expired Registration Recovery Policy.

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