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Find more information on this page about the billing cycle of .nz domain names.
How are domain names billed?
Domain names are registered and billed for a specific length of time. When you register a domain name with a domain name provider (registrar), you will be billed for a period of between 1 and 10 years.
Essentially, you are charged a subscription so you can keep the usage rights of a domain name. A domain name holder (registrant) can not buy (register) a domain name permanently. You can find out how to register a .nz domain name here.
Other key points in the .nz domain name billing lifecycle.
Renewal or Auto-renewal:
.nz domain names can either be auto-renewed or renewed manually. Either way, it is recommended that you understand the renewal process with your domain name provider. You will want to ensure that your domain name does not expire and go into the redemption period.
When a domain name is not renewed after its expiry, it goes into the redemption period for 90 days. During the redemption period, the domain name is no longer in the .nz zone, which means any email/ website associated with the domain name will no longer work.
You are able to reinstate a domain name that is in the redemption period, however there may be a fee for this on top of your registration fee. This may also take a few days.
More information on how to reinstate a domain name can be found here
Once the redemption period has ended, the domain goes into a pending delete status. The domain name cannot be renewed or restored under any circumstances and is in the process of being removed from the Registry database to become available when the period ends.
Domain name billing tips:
- Check your domain subscription renewal date to avoid your domain name heading into redemption period and interrupting your services.
- It's easier to manage the domain name billing if it's in your name. Always make sure the domain name registration details are correct.
- The billing information should always be up to date to avoid falling short on payments. If your banking details change, update them with your domain name holder.
- Review your invoices and receipts to see any discrepancies. A lesser amount than usual may mean that one or more of your domain names was not charged for, and a larger amount than expected may mean that you have been overcharged.
- Ensure you receive communication on the correct email address to avoid missing billing alerts or information from your domain name provider. It can be a difficult and daunting experience to try and reinstate a domain name that is in the redemption period or has passed the redemption period.
You can learn more about how to manage your domain name here.