Transferring a domain is the process of moving a domain name from one registrar to another. A domain name registrar lets you request and register a domain name and requires an annual fee.
Starting off, you must first have a valid domain already registered with some registrar. Your domain must have been registered for e days minimum. Additionally, your domain must be in unlocked status. At most registrars, it is standard policy to have your domain locked. Each registrar’s website provides instructions as to how to unlock a domain. Your domain may not be inactive or midst the process of being deleted or renewed.
To begin the transfer, apply for a transfer to the new registrar. You can do this through on your new registrar’s website. You must contact the administrator of your domain, who will either accept or reject your application for transfer. The administrator is checking for validity and has five days to respond to you. It is important that your domain records, the administrator contact information, is correct and current.
Oftentimes, this is the step in the process which causes problems because of all the checks for fraudulent domain transfers. To avoid domain ownership transfer fraud, your current registrar provides a domain name lock which prevents changes by any foreign party. Also, an authorization code is required in order to successfully transfer the domain. The code is often sent through email, so once again, it is essential that your registration records are up-to-date and has your correct email address.
Usually, after your application for transfer is accepted, to 5 to 7 work days or possibly longer to complete the process.
Private registration is basically the same process, but you must turn off private registration and allow for the central registry to update your information, in order to avoid fraud, and then proceed with the procedure of transferring your domain. Private domains have the DNS host resister the domain in its name, regardless of who actually owns it. This prevents your personal information from being accessed in the public registration records.
The total cost of a domain transfer varies among registrars and the type of contract you pursue with your new registrar. Agreeing to a contract for an extended period of time is cheaper than a contract for minimal time periods.