An Auth-Code (also called an Authorization Code, Auth-Info Code, or transfer code) is a code created by a registrar to help identify the domain name holder (also known as a registrant or registered name holder) of a domain name in a generic top-level domain (gTLD) operated under contract with ICANN.
An Auth-Code is required for a domain holder to transfer a domain name from one registrar to another.
Registrars provide the Auth-Code to the domain name holder in one of two ways:
- Allow the registrant to create its own Auth-Codes through a control panel, or
- Provide the Auth-Code within five calendar days of a request.
ICANN has additional Auth-Code requirements for registrars found in the Transfer Policy.
If you are having problems accessing your domain name's control panel, please contact your domain name registrar.
If you cannot create your own Auth-Code through your control panel, you should contact the registrar to obtain an Auth-Code. If your registrar fails to provide you with an Auth-Code within five calendar days of your request, please submit a Transfer Complaint.
For information about the domain name, including the registrar name, conduct a WHOIS search at https://whois.icann.org. The registrar's name will be included in the result. A list of registrars and links to their websites is on the ICANN-accredited Registrar list.
Please note that ICANN does not have access to Auth-Codes and cannot create them.