Reminder to renew
It is important to remember that your domain name comes up for renewal, usually every year. Longer term options are also available, up to 10 years, which you can discuss with your .ie accredited Registrar, where you would have originally bought your domain.
To check when your domain is due for renewal, type your domain name into the search box at the bottom of this page. If you view the ‘Full WHOIS information’, the field ‘Renewal Date’ will show the date for renewal.
What happens if you forget to renew?
Forgetting to renew your domain could have a big impact on you and your business:
- Your website and email will stop working.
- You could lose your domain name.
Renewing with your Registrar
Don’t worry, you will be prompted to renew your domain in the lead up to its renewal date by your Registrar. You can contact them directly with any queries you may have.
If you search for your domain name in the search box below, the ‘Full WHOIS information’ will show you who your .ie domain is registered with. Your Registrar will be listed beside ‘Account Name’.
If your domain was previously registered directly with us, please read this information notice which gives a full overview of the transfer of direct registrants to a .ie accredited Registrar.
- Check that the contact details associated with your domain are up-to-date and accurate. Your Registrar will contact you by email to remind you to renew your domain so it is important that they have the correct email address.
- Pay attention to renewal email notifications when they are sent and take the appropriate actions as required.
Quick and easy auto-renew
You can also choose to renew your domain automatically which will ensure that you never miss a domain renewal. It can be easy to overlook renewal reminder emails, so auto-renew ensures you never run the risk of missing your renewal date and losing your domain, website and email. If you would like to avail of this option, talk to your Registrar directly and they can set it up for you. If you decide to auto-renew, you will still be notified by email when your renewal is due and before payment is taken.
To renew your domain, you need to pay the renewal fee to your registrar. Before your domain comes up for renewal, your registrar will notify you. So make sure all the contact details you provided are correct. You should follow your registrar’s domain name renewal process. Once the payment is made, your registrar can renew your domain. For more information, please contact your registrar about their renewal terms and conditions.
If you receive notification from your registrar that your domain is due for renewal and you do not renew it your registrar will not renew the domain name on your behalf. This could result in your domain name being deleted. For further information about domain renewals please contact your registrar.
To check when your domain is due for renewal, type your domain name into the WHOIS search box at the top of this page. The field ‘Renewal Date’ will show the date for renewal. Your domain will completely expire 80 days after its renewal date if it is not renewed.
All .ie domains will be auto-renewed on their renewal date for 1-year. This means that the renewal fee will be automatically deducted from your Registrar Current Account. Please ensure that your Registrar has your payment information up-to-date. If your Registrar does not receive your payment, the domain fails to auto renew and it will enter Auto Renew Retry which lasts 45 days, during this time the domain can still be renewed. If the domain doesn't get renewed during the 45 days, this will enter redemption period for 30 more days, during the Redemption Period the domain can still be renewed. If the domain is still not renewed during those 30 days, this will enter Pending Delete for 5 days, during these five days the domain can no longer be renewed or re-registered. It will take 80 days (if unpaid) from the expiry time and date when the domain is deleted and available for registration. The Registrant Contact and Administrative Contact will be contacted by email to inform them that the deletion process has begun for the domain name.
The most common reason for a domain name to be suspended is non-payment of the renewal fee to your current Registrar. A domain will be suspended on the 45th day after the renewal date has passed if the fee remains unpaid. When suspended, the domain name is still registered to the current holder, but does not have any functionality. This means that your website and emails will not operate. The suspension period lasts for an additional 30 days, after which your domain will enter Pending Delete state for 5 days. Payment of the renewal fee will still be accepted up to the point of domain entering Pending Delete state, which will occur 30 days after the suspension date. When the domain enters the 5 days Pending Delete state, the domain can no longer be renewed. After deletion, the domain name is removed from the .ie database and becomes available to the general public for re-registration on a first come first served basis.
Yes, if your application expires, your documents will need to be provided again.