How do I transfer a .com, .net or .org domain?

Transferring gTLD (global Top Level Domains) domain names is normally a very confusing topic for the non technical website owner. And this is because it takes a few steps in order to get a domain transferred to a new registrar.

Before you start the transfer process you have to make sure that the domain is not locked, that the WHOIS records are up to date and get the Authorisation Code* from your current registrar.

Once your new registrar requests the transfer you should receive an email (from OpenSRS in our case) asking you to confirm the transfer. This e-mail is sent to the domain owner’s e-mail address as recorded in the WHOIS database, that’s why it’s so important that the WHOIS records are up to date. More about WHOIS records here.

Please note that domain name transfers can take up to 7 days to complete.

* In order to complete the transfer you will need the authorisation code provided by your current registrar and the transfer key included in the transfer confirmation email. Some registrars make it quite hard for customers to find the transfer authorisation code, and you might even need to get in touch with them through their support service, e-mail or fax in order to get the code.

ICANN & Registry regulations prohibit the transfer of domain names that have been registered or previously transferred within the last 60 Days. Please wait for 60 days from the date of registration or previous transfer before applying for a transfer of such domain names.