Transferring new domain name from registrar

Started by waton, Oct 04, 2022, 03:36 AM

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To transfer a domain name registered in the international domain zone, one needs to adhere to the 60-day waiting period before initiating any transfers. Having recently registered a domain, I am now seeking to transfer it to a different registrar. While I have submitted an application and received a transfer code, there may be a refusal or delay in the transfer process.

Have you gone through a similar process before? Do you have any tips or advice on how to successfully transfer a domain name to a new registrar within the guidelines set forth by the international domain zone?


The process of deleting and registering a domain again is generally the only way to universally transfer a domain name. However, the specifics of transferring a domain name depend on the top-level domain. Could you provide more information on the specific TLD of the domain name in question?

It's important to note that deleting and re-registering a domain should only be done as a last resort, as it can result in a loss of traffic and potentially damage SEO rankings. Alternative methods to transfer a domain name may be available depending on the TLD and specific circumstances.


I'm curious about the possibility of accomplishing this. However, I have yet to come across such a function - perhaps it's not common or widely known.

On a related note, I once faced a situation where I needed to protect a domain from being taken unlawfully by others. Although GoDaddy advised that nothing could be done until the end of the registration period and privileged renewal period, I was eventually able to keep the domain. However, it's worth noting that after the registration period ends, it can become challenging for an ordinary person to register a domain on their own due to competition from registrar bots seeking to purchase the domain for brokerage purposes.


ICANN (the regulatory authority for domains) has established a set of guidelines that prevent the transfer of a domain within 60 days of registration, changes to domain contact information, or transferring from one registrar to another.

As a domain owner, you must complete two steps to transfer your domain: obtain the transfer code from the current registrar and submit an application for domain transfer with the future registrar. Once the transfer code is provided and payment is made, the transfer process will begin.

Some domain zones may also require email confirmation, which involves following a link sent to the domain administrator's email address to confirm the start of the transfer. Typically, transfers take approximately 5 days but this can vary depending on the specific zone and registrar. It's worth noting that different registrars may have their own nuances and guidelines regarding domain transfers.


tips and advice on successfully transferring a domain name within the guidelines set forth by the international domain zone.

1. Check the eligibility requirements: Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for transferring a domain name in the international domain zone. Each zone may have different rules and restrictions, so it's essential to familiarize yourself with them before initiating the transfer.

2. Prepare in advance: Start the transfer process well in advance of when you actually need the domain name transferred. This will allow you to account for any potential delays or complications that may arise during the process.

3. Confirm the waiting period: Verify the specific waiting period required by the international domain zone. Ensure that sufficient time has passed since registration before attempting to transfer the domain name.

4. Choose a reputable registrar: Select a reputable and accredited registrar for the transfer process. Research different registrars, read reviews, and consider factors like customer support, transfer fees, and additional services offered.

5. Obtain the transfer code: Request the transfer code (also known as EPP or authorization code) from your current registrar. This code is crucial for initiating the transfer process with the new registrar.

6. Follow the transfer instructions: Carefully follow the transfer instructions provided by the new registrar. Provide accurate information, including the correct transfer code, administrative contact details, and any additional documentation required.

7. Monitor the transfer progress: Keep track of the transfer process by regularly checking the status of the transfer with both the old and new registrars. Any issues or delays should be communicated to you, allowing you to address them promptly.

8. Communicate with customer support: If you encounter any difficulties or have questions throughout the transfer process, don't hesitate to reach out to the customer support teams of both the old and new registrars. They should be able to assist you and provide guidance.

9. Double-check contact details: Ensure that the contact information associated with your domain name is up to date and accurate. This includes email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. The communication regarding the transfer will be sent to these contacts, so it's crucial to have them correct.

10. Disable domain locks: If your domain name has any locks enabled, such as registrar locks or transfer locks, make sure to disable them before initiating the transfer. These locks can prevent the transfer from taking place until they are deactivated.

11. Prepare for downtime: Keep in mind that during the domain transfer process, there may be some downtime where your website or associated services may be temporarily inaccessible. It's important to communicate this with your users or customers in advance to manage their expectations.

12. Backup important data: Before initiating the transfer, it's a good practice to create backups of your website, emails, and any other data associated with your domain name. This ensures that you have a copy of your data in case of any unforeseen issues during the transfer process.

13. Understand transfer fees: Different registrars may have varying fee structures for domain transfers. Familiarize yourself with any fees associated with the transfer process, including both the old and new registrar's fees. Factor these costs into your decision-making process.

14. Be patient and persistent: Domain transfers can sometimes encounter delays or complications. Stay patient, maintain open lines of communication with the registrars involved, and be persistent in seeking updates or resolutions if needed.

15. Verify successful transfer: After the transfer is complete, thoroughly check that the domain name has been successfully transferred to the new registrar. Verify the ownership details and DNS settings to ensure everything is in order.

16. Maintain open communication: Stay in touch with both the old and new registrars throughout the transfer process. Promptly respond to any queries or requests for information to avoid unnecessary delays.

17. Verify domain unlock status: Confirm that your domain name is unlocked and eligible for transfer. Some registrars automatically lock domain names to prevent unauthorized transfers, so you may need to manually unlock it before initiating the transfer.

18. Keep registration information private: During the domain transfer process, it's essential to keep your registration information private. This helps prevent potential fraud or unauthorized access to your domain name. Many registrars offer privacy protection services that replace your personal details in the public WHOIS database with their contact information.

19. Renew domain registration if necessary: Ensure that your domain name registration is up to date and not nearing its expiration date during the transfer process. If needed, renew the registration before initiating the transfer to avoid any complications.

20. Understand transfer policies: Familiarize yourself with the transfer policies specific to the international domain zone and the new registrar. This includes understanding any limitations, requirements, or restrictions on transferring domain names within that zone.

21. Check for additional documentation: Depending on the international domain zone or specific circumstances, you may be required to provide additional documentation to complete the transfer process. Research and gather any necessary documents in advance to avoid delays.

22. Test website functionality after transfer: Once the transfer is complete, thoroughly test your website's functionality, including links, forms, and other interactive features. Ensure that the domain name has propagated properly to avoid any issues with your website's performance.

23. Update DNS settings if needed: If you're transferring your domain to a new hosting provider, verify and update the DNS settings accordingly. This ensures that your website and associated services continue to work properly after the transfer.

24. Maintain records of the transfer process: Keep a record of all communication, documentation, and transaction details related to the domain transfer process. This includes confirmation emails, transfer codes, and any written correspondence. These records can be useful in case of any disputes or issues down the line.