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Deleting a Domain Name Registration

For most top-level domains (TLDs), you can delete the registration if you no longer want it. If the registry allows you to delete the registration, perform the procedure in this topic.

Note the following:

The registration fee is not refundable
If you delete a domain name registration before the registration is scheduled to expire, AWS does not refund the registration fee.

TLDs that allow you to delete a domain registration
To determine whether you can delete the registration for your domain, see Domains That You Can Register with Amazon Route 53. If the section for your TLD doesn't include a "Deletion of domain registration" subsection, you can delete the domain.

What if you can't delete a domain registration?
If the registry for your domain doesn't allow you to delete a domain name registration, you must wait for the domain to expire. To ensure that the domain isn't automatically renewed, disable automatic renewal for the domain. When the Expires on date passes, Route 53 automatically deletes the registration for the domain. For information about how to change the automatic renewal setting, see Enabling or Disabling Automatic Renewal for a Domain.

Delay before a domain is deleted and available to register again
Almost all registries prevent anyone from immediately registering a domain that has just expired. The typical delay is one to three months, depending on the TLD. For more information, see the "Deletion by the registry" column on the Renewal Deadlines page on the Gandi website. The Gandi website lists some TLDs that Route 53 doesn't support. (Gandi is our registrar associate.)
Don't delete a domain and expect to reregister it if you just want to transfer the domain between AWS accounts or transfer the domain to another registrar. See the applicable documentation instead:

To delete a domain name registration

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Route 53 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/route53/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Registered Domains.

  3. Choose the name of your domain.

  4. Choose Delete Domain.

  5. If the registry for your TLD allows deleting a domain name registration, choose Delete Domain.

    We send an email to the registrant for the domain to verify that the registrant wants to delete the domain. (This is an ICANN requirement.) The email comes from one of the following email addresses:

    To determine who the registrar is for your TLD, see Domains That You Can Register with Amazon Route 53.

  6. When you receive the verification email, choose the link in the email, and either approve or reject the request to delete the domain. Important
    The registrant contact must follow the instructions in the email, or we must cancel the deletion request after five days as required by ICANN.

    You'll receive another email when your domain has been deleted. To determine the current status of your request, see Viewing the Status of a Domain Registration.

  7. Delete the records in the hosted zone for the deleted domain, and then delete the hosted zone. After you delete the hosted zone, Route 53 stops billing you the monthly charge for a hosted zone. For more information, see the following documentation:

  8. If you encounter issues while deleting a domain name registration, you can contact customer support for free. For more information, see Contacting Customer Support About Domain Registration Issues.

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