I am looking at an expired .com domain, that expired 19th dec. 2022. When I read this it says:

If the previous Registrant fails to renew their domain after 30 days, they forfeit ownership of the domain. Anyone who has registered an interest in purchasing the domain name will be informed when it comes up for sale, and invited to make a purchase.

How do I "register an interest in purchasing the domain"?


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Your quote is slightly misleading as the rules are far more complicated than that and hugely depend on the TLD concerned, the registrar, and other factors. There is no hard rule on 30 days or anything. Let us say in gTLD it can be from 0+30+5 days (deletion at expiration + typical restore grace period + typical pendingDelete grace period) to 45+30+5 (same but with the full 45 days of autoRenew grace period). See this official diagram:

gTLD domains lifecycle from ICANN

In any cases, expired or not, you buy domains at registrars. So you will first have to select one or more that are accredited in that given TLD (again, depends on the TLD).

At its current registrar (typically: see whois results on the name), you may be able to find the name being auctioned. You can either bid and try to get it, or you wait for it to be dropped (deleted), at which time either some people did program a "backorder" which is an automated way to register automatically domains that suddenly become available again (and you will have no chance to be faster than those, so if really interested by that domain you may want to shop around and see if any registrar can backorder it for you, do note however that some will make you pay even if they fail securing it for you), or noone is interested by it, it goes back to the pool of all available domains and you buy it like any other free domain.

In short it mostly boils down to select a trustworthy registrar with enough features you need and ask it to help you secure that domain.

  • Thanks. In this case the registrar is "Alibaba Cloud Computing (Beijing) Co., Ltd.". I can't find anything auction related on their page. Do you know if they have auctions? Jan 17, 2023 at 14:10
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    You don't necessarily have to use the same registrar as the last person that owned the domain. What is the top level domain? There may be multiple registrars you can choose from for it. Jan 17, 2023 at 14:12
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    @StephenOstermiller The OP says it is .com :-) Jan 17, 2023 at 16:14
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    "I can't find anything auction related on their page. " They probably have a form when you can enter a name, or during the path to register a name. Type the name there and see what it says, if it offers you some kind of auction/backorder waiting list or things like that. I have no idea myself. As my pro tip you might not want to hear in cases like that is: don't bother with that name, just find another one that is not registered at all, and register that one. Faster, easier, cheaper. Just be imaginative for the name. Or just change the TLD, .com shouldn't be the kind/only solution anymore. Jan 17, 2023 at 16:16

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