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FAQs for Registrants: Transferring Your Domain Name

1. If I registered a domain name through one registrar, am I allowed to switch to a different registrar?

Yes, it is your right to transfer your domain name registrations between registrars. Click here for more information on Transferring Your Domain Name.

2. How do I transfer my domain name to a new registrar?

If you wish to move your domain name from one ICANN-accredited registrar to another, you may initiate the transfer process by contacting the registrar to which you wish to transfer the name, also referred to as the ‘gaining registrar.’ This registrar is required to confirm your intent to transfer your domain name using the Initial Authorization for Registrar Transfer form. If you do not respond or return the form to the registrar, your transfer request will not be processed. Your current registrar must also verify your intent to transfer using the Confirmation of Registrar Transfer Request form. Click here for more information on Transferring Your Domain Name.

3. The registrar is asking me for a code. Where do I get this?

An Auth-Code (also called an Authorization Code, AuthInfo code, Auth-Info Code, or transfer code) is a code created by a registrar to help identify the domain name holder and prevent unauthorized transfers (also known as a registrant or registered name holder). An Auth-Code is required for a domain holder to transfer a domain name from one registrar to another.

Your registrar may allow you, via an online interface tool, to generate and manage your own AuthInfo code. If not, you will need to contact your registrar directly to obtain it. Your registrar must provide you with the AuthInfo code within 5 calendar days of your request. The AuthInfo code is applicable to transfers of all gTLD domain names, with the exception of domain names under the .gov, .edu, .mil, .museum, and .int gTLDs.

4. What if I don't know who my registrar is?

If you don't know who your current registrar is, you can look it up by performing a WHOIS search for your domain name at:<https://whois.icann.org>. The “Registrar” field shows you who your registrar is.

5. Why is my registrar refusing to transfer my domain name?

Your registrar may deny a transfer request in the following limited circumstances:

  • Evidence of fraud
  • Reasonable dispute over the identity of the person authorizing the transfer
  • Domain name is on hold due to payment owed for a previous registration period (including credit card charge-backs)
  • Express written objection from the domain name holder
  • Domain name is in "Lock" status (Registrars must provide a readily accessible and reasonable means for name holders to remove the lock status. Contact your registrar for assistance.)
  • Domain name is within 60 days of initial registration
  • Domain name is within 60 days of a previous transfer

Your registrar is required to specify a reason when denying your transfer request unless they are required. Contact either the current registrar or the registrar you wish to transfer to for information on the denial.

Your registrar must deny a transfer request in the following limited circumstances:

  • Domain name is the subject of a UDRP proceeding
  • Domain name is subject to a court order by a court of competent jurisdiction
  • Domain name is the subject of a TDRP proceeding
  • Domain name is the subject of a URS proceeding or URS suspension
  • Domain name is subject to 60-Day Change of Registrant lock

6. My registrar is charging me a fee to transfer to a new registrar. Is this allowed?

Yes. Registrars are allowed to set their own prices for this service so some may choose to charge a fee. However, a transfer cannot be denied due to non-payment of this transfer fee. There are other reasons your registrar can deny transfer request. See FAQ number 5 above for more information.

7. My transfer request was denied for a reason not listed above, or I do not agree with the reason my registrar provided. What can I do?

If you think your request to transfer your domain name was inappropriately denied or you do not agree with the reason (if any) provided by your current registrar for denying your request, you should then submit a formal Transfer Complaint with ICANN.

8. My domain name has just expired. Can my registrar require me to pay for a renewal before I can transfer the domain name to a new registrar?

However, if the current registrar has begun to delete your domain (i.e., the EPP status code (https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/epp-status-codes-2014-06-16-en) shows the domain in Redemption Grace Period (see also https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gtld-lifecycle-2012-02-25-en), the name must be restored by your current registrar before it can be transferred. This may result in an additional fee, sometimes referred to as a redemption fee.

9. My registrar is listed as the Administrative Contact for my domain name and this is preventing my transfer request from being processed. What can I do?

If you are listed as the Registrant for the domain name, you may ask your new registrar of choice to send the required Form of Authorization to you rather than the listed Administrative Contact.

You may also update the data associated with the domain name and name a different Administrative Contact. Some registrars offer an online interface tool for you to manage this data yourself; others can make these updates if you contact their customer service.

Please note, if you decide to update the Administrative Contact email, a 60-day lock will be placed on your domain, if there is not currently a Registered Name Holder email address. You should read the registrar's terms and conditions carefully before performing any updates or contact your registrar directly for more information.

10. What can I do if I believe my registrar is in violation of the ICANN Transfer Policy?

If you believe your registrar is in violation of the ICANN Transfer Policy, you may file a complaint with ICANNby going to: https://forms.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/complaints/transfer/form.

11. Where can I go if I have a question that is not answered above?

If you have questions about the ICANN Transfer Policy, please contact us by sending an email to globalsupport@icann.org.
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."