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Inter-Registrar Transfer Information

Transferring your domain name to a new registrar

If you wish to transfer 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. This registrar is required to confirm your intent to transfer your domain name using Initial Authorization for Registrar Transfer. If you do not respond or return Initial Authorization for Registrar Transfer, your transfer request will not be processed.

Your current registrar may also choose to confirm your intent to transfer using Confirmation of Registrar Transfer Request.

Please note that you may not transfer your domain name to a new registrar within the first 60 days after initial registration, or the first 60 days after a transfer.

Transfer Disputes

Disputes between registrars over alleged violations of the transfer policy may be initiated by any ICANN-accredited registrar.

If you believe that your domain name was transferred to a new registrar without your authorization or consent, please contact the original registrar.

If you believe that your transfer request was inappropriately denied by your registrar, please contact the registrar to whom you wish to transfer for assistance.

Please note that there is a limited list of valid reasons when a registrar may legitimately deny a transfer request. See the text of the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy for more details.

Forms used for Transfers

Initial Authorization for Registrar Transfer – This form must be used by the registrar to which you wish to transfer for the purpose of verifying your authorization of the transfer as the registered name holder.

Confirmation of Registrar Transfer Request – This form may be used by your current registrar to verify your intent to transfer your domain name to a new registrar.

Transfer FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions are available for <domain name holders> and <registrars>. If you have questions about the transfer policy, please contact your registrar or you may file a complaint with ICANN by going to http://reports.internic.net/cgi/registrars/problem-report.cgi.

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."