David Goldstein - .RO Introduces Registration Fee and Deletes Domains Where Fee Not Paid


    Romania’s ccTLD registry, RoTLD, introduced a registration fee for .ro domain names for the first time in March 2018. 6 months later, commencing 30 August, RoTLD commenced deleting those domain names for which the annual registration fee has not been paid. It was the last European ccTLD to introduce a registration fee.

    The new fee is described as a “registration and annual maintenance” fee and for registrants that don’t pay the fee by the time it becomes due, they will be scheduled for automatic deletion (Pending Delete). The deletion will be performed after 90 days from the expiration date if, in this period, the registrant does not renew their registration. Domain names not renewed then become available for new registration based on a “first come, first served” basis.

    Renewals of .ro domain names can be made for periods of 1 to 10 years.