Who can DETAG a domain name?
Only a domain registration service or
agent can DETAG a domain name. This happens if the relationship between
domain name owner and agent expires, for example if the registration fee
or renewal fee is not paid.
When are domain names detagged?
Domain names can be detagged at any
point after registration. Detagging signifies the end of the
relationship between the registration agent and the registrant.
It is not necessarily an indication of
whether a domain name is paid for or not.
How can I tell if a domain name is
You will probably notice that the email
or web site associated with the domain name has stopped working.
You can check the status of any
registration by doing a WHOIS look-up that will indicate that the domain
name is DETAGGED.
How can DETAGGED domain name be
To restore a DETAGGED domain name, the
registrant will need to pay a tag change fee of £15+VAT as of January
2004 to nominet via a registration service. Nominet charge a higher fee
to deal direct with the owner.
Can I register a DETAGGED domain
A DETAGGED domain name is still
registered to the original registrant, and it remains as such until it
is either renewed by the current registrant, or it is cancelled. Once
cancelled, it immediately becomes available for registration on a
first-come, first-served basis.
How long does it take for a DETAGGED
domain name to become available for registration?
Nominet contact the owner of each
domain that is detagged and confirms if they wish to renew or allow each
name to lapse.
If the domain is allowed to lapse then
the domain name will be suspended after 21 days and then cancelled
between 6-8 weeks after that.
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By Clare Lawrence