Just like all legacy domain extensions (.com, .net, .org, etc), it is important to know that when you register a .CO domain name, you do not actually “own” the domain. Instead you have secured the right to register the domain name for a period of 1 to 5 years, and you will have the opportunity to renew the name prior to its expiration.
Domain names are subject to renewal to ensure that names no longer wanted are removed from the registry database and become available for others to register. .CO domain names must be renewed upon their expiration and may be set to renew automatically (“auto-renew”) if the registrar of record permits it, subject to such registrar’s complete renewal and registration policies and terms.
Registrars typically have different renewal notice policies, but most will contact you with a reminder via email within 30-90 days of the expiration of a .CO domain name. Please remember the reminders will come directly from your registrar, not from the .CO Registry.
If you do not renew your .CO domain name(s) prior to the expiration date, the domain name will cycle through two key phases:
Suspension Status (1-45 days after the expiration date): If you do not renew your .CO domain name(s) prior to the expiration date, the domain name will go into a Suspension phase for 45 days. Typically, Registrars will Delete the domain during the 45 day Suspension period if it is not renewed by the customer. However, if at the end of that phase the domain has not been Renewed or Deleted by your Registrar then it will be Auto-Renewed. During the Suspension phase the name-servers are changed to nameservers managed by the .CO Registry, the domain becomes inactive and a standard Suspension page will appear. Email and any other applications associated with the domain will not be available during this Suspension phase as the domain is inactive. Once a domain is Renewed, the nameservers are restored and the domain becomes active again.
Restore Grace Period (RGP) (1-20 days after the deletion date): After a domain is Deleted by the Registrar, if will enter the Restore Grace Period (RGP) phase. The initial phase lasts 15 days and places the domain in PendingDelete (restorable) status. During this phase the domain can still be Renewed, which is charged at a higher fee. Please contact your Registrar for additional pricing and policies around Suspension Status and Restore Grace Period domain names. After 15 days, the domain enters a 5 day RGP PendingDelete (non-restorable) status until it is finally dropped from the Registry on Day 20.
Please contact your registrar for additional pricing and policies around Suspension Status and Redemption Grace Period domain names. For information on your Sponsoring Registrar, please see the .CO WHOIS to look up your specific .CO domain name.