Services - Domain names - Domain name life cycle
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  2015-02-07 21:53:48 UTC #1

The Internet domain name life cycle is as follows:

Step 1: Domain name is available for registration from 1 to 10 years period.

Step 2: Auto renewal grace period which lasts from 0-45 days.

After those two steps the domain name enters in Redemtion grace period (or Pending Delete) for 30 days. At this step the domain name is still available for renewal, price may be different than purchase price.

Step 4: Pending delete +5 days after Redemption grace period.

Step 5: The domain is free available for purcase on the Internet.

During step 3 and 4 web sites and email would not be functional.

Source: ICANN