Domain transfer: procedure and restrictions

Before starting the transfer, it is important to make sure that the domain meets the requirements for the transfer. At least 60 days must have passed since the domain was registered, it must be unlocked for transfer. Check your registrar’s email – a confirmation email will be sent to it.

The main limitations of porting:

  • you cannot transfer a domain if the registration period expires in less than 15 days;
  • you cannot transfer a domain within 60 days after the owner’s contact information has changed, this point is especially important when reselling domains;
  • at the current registrar the transfer must be allowed – the domain has the status “Active” or “OK”;
  • the contact details of the domain owner must match at the old and new registrars;
  • for the duration of the transfer it is necessary to disable the “Domain Whois Protection” function, which hides data about the owner of the domain name in the Whois database.

The procedure involves several steps:

  1. Get an authorization code, also known as an EPP-key or transfer key. It is provided by the current domain registrar.
  2. Send a transfer request to the new registrar. Provide the required information, including domain name and authorization code.
  3. After submitting the request, both the current and new registrars will send letters to the owner’s email account.

Wait for the transfer to complete. The process can take anywhere from 1 to 10 days depending on the domain zone.

Confirmation of transfer

To confirm the transfer, you usually need to follow the link in the letter that will come to the domain owner’s email. This step may not be available in some domain zones.

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