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Domain Name Status Codes Explained

When you do a whois lookup, you’ll notice the domain name’s status code. Domain status codes are useful to figure out why your domain isn’t working, whether your domain is locked, and when your domain will be dropped from the registry. You can use an online whois check tool such as whois.com to check the whois details for a domain name.

List of domain name status codes

  • ACTIVE  –  The normal state for a domain name. Active domain names can be used for websites, email, or to register nameservers.
  • OK  –  Domain name is active and can be used.
  • INACTIVE  –  Domain name can not be used because name servers are not set or are incorrect.
  • REGISTRAR-HOLD  –  The registrar has placed the domain on hold and it cannot be used.
  • REGISTRY-HOLD  –  The central registry has placed the domain on hold and it cannot be used.
  • REGISTRAR-LOCK  –  Domain name is locked by registrar. The domain can not be modified or deleted. Domain can be uses and renewed. This is often done upon request by the domain name registrant.
  • REGISTRY-LOCK  –  The central registry has locked the domain so that its settings cannot be changed.
  • REDEMPTIONPERIOD  –  Domain name has expired and is under Redemption Period of 30 days. Domain name can not be used, modified or deleted. Domain can only be restored by paying redemption fees.
  • PENDINGRESTORE  –  A domain that had expired is now being restored to ACTIVE status.
  • PENDINGDELETE  –  The domain expired the registry is about to erase it. A domain remains in this status for five days before it is deleted.
  • CLIENT_DELETE_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the sponsporing registrar so that it can not be deleted.
  • SERVER_DELETE_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the registry so that it can not be deleted.
  • CLIENT_HOLD  –  Domain name is locked by the sponsoring registrar so that it can not be used.
  • SERVER_HOLD  –  Domain name is locked by the registry so that it can not be used.
  • CLIENT_RENEW_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the sponsoring registrar so that it can not be renewed.
  • SERVER_RENEW_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the registry so that it can not be renewed.
  • CLIENT_TRANSFER_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the sponsoring registrar so that it can not be transferred to another registrar.
  • SERVER_TRANSFER_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the registry so that it can not be transferred to another registrar.
  • CLIENT_UPDATE_PROHIBITED  –  Domain name is locked by the sponsoring registrar so that it’s settings can not be modified.
  • SERVER_UPDATE_PROHIBITED  –  The central registry has locked the domain to prevent its settings from being changed.
  • PENDING_DELETE  –  Domain name is in process of being deleted by the registry.
  • PENDING_TRANSFER  –  Domain name is in process of being transferred from one registrar to another. Domain name can not be modified during this period.
Updated on March 25, 2020

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