How to transfer a domain name

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When transferring a domain registration from one registrar to another, you will need to follow some specific steps to prepare your domain. Transferring a domain name is easy and you will find instructions on how to do so below. Please note that ccTLD requirements may vary (e.g. .UK and .ES)

A domain transfer is the process of transferring your domain name from one registrar to another. To be eligible for a transfer, you must have been with your current registrar for at least 60 days, as ICANN applies a 60-day registrant change lock.

If your domain is unlocked and you have everything you need to get started, please login to your account and click on the banner below. Otherwise, if you need further instructions on the transfer process, please continue reading this article.

Update your contact information.

The registrar you are leaving and your new DNS registry provider will need to contact you during the transfer process. Therefore, your contact details must be up to date.

Log in to your current registrar’s control panel and verify your account details. Make sure your name, phone number and physical address are all correct. Any missing information could lengthen the transfer time or reject it.

Unlock your domain.

Look for the “unlock domain” option in your registrar’s control panel. Each provider is different, but you’ll often find them in the “Domain” or “Security” section of the main account screen.

Domains are locked by default to prevent accidental modification or deletion. You may be able to unlock your domain with just one click, or you may need to request a manual unlock directly from your registrar.

Once your domain is unlocked, you can transfer the name to another registrar.

Request an authorization code.

To transfer your domain, you will need an authorization code (also called Auth-Code, Auth-Info Code or AuthInfo Code). This code is there to protect your domain from being transferred by an unauthorized party.

Additionally, this code acts as a bridge between your old registrar and your new provider and must be provided within five days of your request, usually via email. Some registrars allow automatic generation of codes directly from their control panels.

Initiate and verify a domain name transfer

Connect to the new registrar which will soon host your domain name. Many web hosts have a dedicated section to handle domain-related questions.

Look for an option that lets you enter the domain name to move and the authorization code you acquired in the previous step. Click the transfer icon.

After initiating a domain name transfer, you should receive an email with the trade details. Give the information again.

If everything is as it should be, click on the included confirmation link and agree to the transfer terms. Be aware that once you have verified the domain transfer, you will not be able to transfer it again for 60 days.

Pay

Depending on the host, you may have to pay a transfer fee. Additionally, you will likely need to renew your domain name with the new domain host. Google Domains, for example, does not charge a transfer fee, but requires you to sign up for an additional year of registration.

Complete the domain transfer.

After the domain is released by your original provider, your new registrar will need time to set up your domain and servers. It usually takes a few days to a week. During this time, your website must remain accessible from your old registrar.

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