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AGP (Add Grace Period) Limits Policy


A grace period refers to a specified number of calendar days following a gTLD registry operation in which the operation may be reversed and a credit may be issued to a Registrar. The Add Grace Period (AGP) is typically the five-day period following the initial registration of a domain name. AGP appears as a contractual term in some, but not all gTLD registry agreements.

Currently, when a domain name is registered through a Registrar, that Registrar may delete the domain name at any time during the first five calendar days of the registration (the Add Grace Period or AGP), and receive a full credit for the registration fee from the Operator. Once a domain name is deleted by the registry at this stage, it is immediately available for registration by any registrant through any Registrar.

AGP was intended to allow for the no-cost cancellation of domain name registrations resulting from typos and other errors by Registrars and registrants as well as some types of fraudulent registrations.

Effect on Registrars

Following notice of the effective date of the Policy, all Registrars processing AGP deletes during the normal course of business will be subject to the Policy and will no longer receive refunds for AGP deletes that exceed the threshold limits set by the Policy, unless an exemption has been requested by the Registrar and granted by the Operator.  

This is intended to limit/stop Domain Name Tasting.