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Domain Name Transfers made easy

by Melissa Smich on September 4, 2009

When we refer to a “domain transfer”, it generally means that you are going to transfer a domain name from one registrar to another. Your domain name registrar is only responsible for domain record management, so a domain transfer does not necessarily affect your website, e-mail addresses or your DNS settings.

Preparing for the Domain Transfer

To transfer your domain name you must first be the legitimate owner or administrator. Since the transfer request is sent to the owner or admin on record, you should also make sure that your domain name contact information is up to date. Also you’ll need to make sure it is not locked and is available for transfer. If your domain has expired past the grace period you might not be able to move it. Locked, inactive, or deleted domains do not meet the transfer criteria. Also a domain name must be at least 60 days old before you can transfer it.

Initiate the Transfer

To start the transfer, you need to start the process with the new registrar. Often they will have a form or an option to initiate a domain name transfer. If not, you can contact their Customer Support team for help. Many types of domains require a transfer-key, which you will need to approve the transfer. Make sure you get this from your old domain name registrar when you start the process.

For a detailed step-by-step outline of the process, you can view the ICANN Registrar Transfer Policy article on our Wiki.

According to ICANN all transfers should be comply with their Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy. This policy clearly prohibits blocking the transfer of a domain name that expired but has not yet been deleted. So even if your domain name is expired you should still be allowed to transfer it if you want to. Your previous registrar cannot refuse your transfer request if the request fits the guidelines of this transfer policy. The only exception is if the domain name has passed the expiration grace period and is in the redemption period. And if your registrar does block your transfer for undue reasons, make sure to file a complaint!

You can transfer your domain name from your current registrar to and take advantage of our low renewal rates. We can then help you manage your domain name and yearly renewal, as well as your web hosting. For more information on getting your domain name registration transferred or to get the process started, please contact our Customer Support Department.

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Stoddard January 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I definitely would appreciate help with yearly domain renewal. It’s an easy thing to forget, but it’s so important.

PotsNPans January 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM

It’s a relief to know that you can transfer an expired domain name. I’d be in trouble otherwise!

Randy5 February 10, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Thank goodness for the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy! There’d be a lot of unfair dealings without it.

WrigleyF April 11, 2011 at 8:02 AM

It’s also good to know you can do a domain transfer without it altering your DNS or email addresses. I didn’t realize that was the case.

silkysmooth August 18, 2011 at 9:04 AM

gotta remember that transfer key…i’ll be sure to write a note to remind myself.

OfftheWall August 26, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I didn’t know anything about the transfer key…sure glad I stopped here!

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