What do I need to check before I transfer a domain name?
Numerous criteria must be satisfied before you can begin the domain name transfer process:
- The domain name must not be within 60 days of its initial registration or within 60 days of being transferred from another registrar. This is an ICANN regulation designed to reduce the incidence of fraudulent transactions.
- Note: Some registrars also disallow the transfer of a domain name within 60 days of the WHOIS contact information being updated, however this is not an ICANN regulation; it is simply an additional security measure.
- The domain name must not be more than 30 days past its expiry date. 30 days after a domain name expires it enters a 30 day Redemption Grace Period; during this period a domain name must be restored by the current registrar before transfer can take place. After the 30 day Redemption Grace Period a domain name goes into Pending Delete status, at which point it can not be restored.
- Note: Some registrars disallow the transfer of domain names that have expired. This is not an ICANN regulation; this is a registry specific rule.
- The domain name’s Administrative WHOIS contact email address must be up to date and functional. During the transfer process, an "Authorization for Registrar Transfer" email is sent to the Administrative WHOIS contact’s email address. If the domain name owner does not respond to this email, the domain name cannot be transferred.
- The domain name must not be subject to any special locks or holds. All domain names are set to Registrar-Lock status by default, to ensure that they cannot be transferred, modified or deleted by an unauthorized party. You should be able to easily remove the Registrar-Lock status from a domain name within your customer administration interface at the Losing Registrar. However, if a domain name is subject to additional locks, you may not be able to remove the Registrar-Lock. Some reasons an additional lock may be applied to a domain name include:
- The domain owner has requested additional security measures such as an ‘Executive Lock’, which can only be removed after strict conditions are met.
- The domain name is subject to legal dispute, and is locked by the registrar.
- The domain name is on hold due to payment owed for a previous registration period.