Domain missing, but in use

I have a domain registered elsewhere and set up with the Do NS. I used previously, but deleted both the droplet it was tied to and it itself. New droplet and I am unable to attach the domain to it “Domain already in use” despite it not being existent in my control panel. Is it possible my domain is stuck somewhere in the system preventing me from using it again on DO or might have some URL pirates attached it to their own IP addy preventing me from using it?

Edit: I attempted to delete my entire project. It will not allow me. It says I still have a resource in use, but none can be found. I suspect my domain is sitting in limbo on DO’s system.

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November 20, 2022

Hello @johndoewhale

The system performs a DNS lookup to see if the domain has already been added to DigitalOcean. If it has, you’ll receive a message that says Data domain Name already exists. If the domain has not been previously added to DigitalOcean’s DNS service, it will be added.

You can also reach out to our support team


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November 20, 2022

Hi @johndoewhale,

Yes, that is possible, to have the Domain locked somewhere else. In such situations, you’ll need to contact DigitalOcean’s support as they are the only ones that can assist you with such issues related to your accounts.

Please reach out to our amazing support team who will be more than happy to assist you with your account issue! :)

Hope that helps! - KFSys.

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