The Domain Name Transfer Process
Now that you’ve bought your domain name and you’re satisfied with your purchase the next step is to make the transfer to your own account. The domain might be already registered at the same registrar where you have your account or it might be with a different registrar. Whatever the case, there are a few things to consider to make the transfer happen.
- Your domain name must be over 60 days old.
If you’ve just purchased your domain name and it hasn’t been active for more than 60 days, then you’ll need to wait. Domains cannot be transferred until they’ve been with your current registrar for at least 60 days.
- It should not expire within 7 days.
Your domain name cannot be transferred if it’s almost expired.
- The domain name must be unlocked.
Your domain is locked by default. This is to prevent hijacking of your account. Ask your registrar to unlock your domain before the transfer.
- All administration details must be up to date and accurate.
Your email and Whois information need to be up to date.
- Remove any private registration
Remove the private registration if there is any before attempting the transfer. Domain transfer authorization code (EPP code) must be available to the buyer
If the buyer and seller have accounts at the same registrar the seller can then push the domain to the buyer. A domain push will immediately place the domain into the buyer’s account at most registrars.
If the buyer and seller have accounts at different registrars then the seller must unlock the domain and provide the domain’s transfer authorization code (EPP code) to the buyer.
Seller Creates New Account for Buyer
The seller may create a new account for the buyer at their registrar and pushing the domain into it. The account details is then given to the buyer. This can be a convenient solution to avoid difficulties with a domain transfer if the buyer does not have an account at the same registrar or any other registrar.
Domain Transfer Issues
Transferring a domain name is generally a problem free process. As with anything there might be the occasional hiccup but usually nothing that your registrars can’t help you with. If however you are having serious issues with your transfer, check out the FAQs of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) or contact them if you have a complaint.