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What do Domain Status Codes Mean?


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.


COM and NET Domain Name Status Codes

These are the 6 domain name status codes used for COM and NET domains:


ACTIVE
Domains are typically in this state. You can use the domain to host a website, use an email address, or register name servers.

REGISTRAR-HOLD
The registrar (Dynadot) 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
The registrar (Dynadot), has locked the domain so settings cannot be changed.

REGISTRY-LOCK
The central registry has locked the domain so that its settings cannot be changed.

RedemptionPeriod
The domain has expired and the central registry is waiting 30 days before releasing it.

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.


ORG, BIZ, US, INFO, and NAME Domain Name Status Codes

These are the 15 domain name status codes used for ORG, BIZ, US, INFO, and NAME domains:


CLIENT_DELETE_PROHIBITED
The registrar (Dynadot) has locked the domain so that it cannot be deleted.

SERVER_DELETE_PROHIBITED
The central registry has locked the domain so that it cannot be deleted.

CLIENT_HOLD
The registrar (Dynadot) has placed the domain on hold; it cannot be used.

SERVER_HOLD
The central registry has placed the domain on hold; it cannot be used.

CLIENT_RENEW_PROHIBITED
The registrar (Dynadot) has locked the domain so that it cannot be renewed.

SERVER_RENEW_PROHIBITED
The central registry has locked the domain so that it cannot be renewed.

CLIENT_TRANSFER_PROHIBITED
The registrar (Dynadot) has locked the domain so that it cannot be transferred to another registrar.

SERVER_TRANSFER_PROHIBITED
The central registry has locked the domain so that it cannot be transferred to another registrar.

CLIENT_UPDATE_PROHIBITED
The registrar (Dynadot) has locked the domain to prevent its settings from being changed.

SERVER_UPDATE_PROHIBITED
The central registry has locked the domain to prevent its settings from being changed.

INACTIVE
The domain cannot be used because name servers have not been entered or there is a problem with the current name server settings.

OK
Domains are typically in this state. You can use the domain to host a website, use an email address, or register name servers.

PENDING_DELETE
The domain is about to be deleted by the central registry when the domain expires.

PENDING_TRANSFER
The domain is in the process of being transferred from one registrar to another. It's settings may not be changed during this period.

PENDING_VERIFICATION
The central registry is in the process of creating the domain record.


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