About Change of Registrant
To update the registrant information listed in the Whois database or transfer your domain name to a different registrant, please contact the registrar with which the domain is registered.
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.
After 1 December 2016, the Transfer Policy specifies how registrars must handle changes of registrant name, registrant organization name, registrant email address, and administrative email address (if there is no registrant email address) displayed in the Whois information.
60-Day Lock After Change of Registrant
After 1 December 2016, registrars must impose a lock that will prevent any transfer to another registrar for sixty (60) days following a change to a registrant's information. Registrars may (but are not required to) allow registrants to opt out of the 60-day lock prior to the change of registrant request.
To transfer a domain name to another registrar and change the registrant's information, registrants may:
- Request the transfer to another registrar before changing the registrant's information (to avoid the 60-day lock); or
- Have the prior registrant opt-out the 60-day lock (if this option is offered by the registrar) before making any change to registrant information.
Because policies may vary by registrar, please review a registrar's policy before making a change to registrant information or transferring to another registrar.
If you want a domain name that somebody else has already registered, you have some options, which might include:
- Working out an agreement with the current registrant.
- Waiting to see if the current registrant lets the domain name expire.
- Filing a lawsuit in court against the current registrant.
- For cases involving "abusive registrations", you may be able to begin an administrative proceeding under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Read more about Filing a UDRP