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A company I am about to do business with has a domain that is less than 1 year old per Whois, but they are supposed to be very old. When questioned, they say that their website is very old but their domain name had expired and they had to get it again, and this is why the whois shows it as so young.

Does this make sense? If so is it possible to see past whois records of this domain? This site is not on wayback machine :(

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    This would be up to the registrar to keep. There isn't an official or even unofficial history of domain registrations, what information is provided, is the only information accessible. If you are worried about their legitimacy, go another route, request information to prove when the company was incorporated. The domain registration isn't really a valid source of information, if you looked up a domain I owned, it wouldn't be registered to anyone that actually exists.
    – Ramhound
    May 10, 2018 at 15:51
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    @Ramhound: Which, incidentally, violates ICANN's policies on domain registration.
    – user1686
    May 10, 2018 at 16:46
  • @grawity - I am aware of the requirements. You can also hide your real information for a price. Additionally, in my experience, very little verification of the information is provided anyways.
    – Ramhound
    May 10, 2018 at 16:51

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The fact that the site is not on the Wayback Machine is already a red flag. A "very old" website has an excellent chance of being recorded at least once. I would suggest that you ask them for proof of existence, since services that provide historical DNS information are usually commercial.

To answer the question, here are some such services (which I have never used). They are not guaranteed to provide information about all registrars and every website.

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  • Hoster stats worked well
    – Karthik T
    May 11, 2018 at 3:21
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    I found some useful historical DNS data today for a domain I wanted history about from securitytrails.com ... might be worth adding to the list.
    – lindes
    Apr 5, 2019 at 22:11
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I can add one more to the @harrymc list.

https://completedns.com/dns-history/ - 5 free check per day, also offers paid plans with API and bulk check - i have used this one.

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Unfortunately, services such as "completedns" and most from the @harrymc list have very least data. I suppose it's not a scanning problem, just DB is not so large.

"Whois History" which is actually a "Domaintools" - is not free and ain't cheap. I would recommend use tool suggested by @lindes - "securitytrails".

Suggestion from me is https://spyse.com/

And comparing two of the best (IMHO):

Spyse (free):https://spyse.com/target/domain/hamas.ps/dns-history?dnsType=A

SecurityTrails (registration needed): https://securitytrails.com/domain/hamas.ps/history/a

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