How to transfer your domain to a different registrar
Domain Transfers are a day-by-day topic mentioned in any reselling company, or even any company that holds a wide product or brand portfolio, in which most products or brands have their own websites. Being a standardized process, there are some specific steps you will need to follow in order to ensure the transfer process will be successful without delays. The process itself is quite easy, so you don’t have to worry about it. Although, you will have to worry about finding the best provider, one you can rely on in case you face any complications. At Openprovider, surely we will be there for you!
There are only certain situations that limit you from being able to transfer your domains to a different registrar, which we will review later in this article. This said: you are allowed to transfer domain names registrations to a different registrar anytime you’re willing to do so. Let’s review this process in detail.
How do I transfer my domain names to a new registrar
Actually, It is easy to transfer your domain names to the registrar you want to work with. If you’re the official registrant or the administrative contact for a domain name, and you also have access to any needed data from your current registrar regarding the transfer process, you will be able to transfer your domain name registration, as it is one of your rights. You have to make sure you keep your contact information up-to-date to ensure you will be able to do so.
Having this information at hand, contact the registrar you want to transfer your domain names to. I won’t miss this opportunity to let you know that you can count on us, as we are an ICANN-accredited registrar.
The gaining registrar, the one you will be moving your domains to, will then send a standardized authorization form to confirm you agree with the transfer. Once you provide your authorization, the transfer process request starts. Without this authorization, the transfer will not proceed.
After this step, you can expect a message from your current registrar, asking you to confirm the transfer. This step ensures your domain names will be protected from an unauthorized transfer. Make sure you authorize both registrars, even if it may seem duplicate. Once this confirmation is done, the gaining registrar will complete the transfer. This process takes around 5 working days.
When transfers are not possible…
There are several situations in which you won’t be able to transfer a domain name to a registrar you didn’t work with before:
- Your new registrar may refuse a transfer request if you’ve registered it less than 60 days before.
- If you’re not the registrant of record or the administrative contact for the domain name.
- This situation occurs when the domain name is subject to a lock that doesn’t allow you to change registrars. This rule exists to help increase the protection against unauthorized transfers. You can also opt-out of this lock, but only some specific registrars provide this option.
- You won’t be able to transfer a domain name to a different registrar if you’ve made changes to the registrant name, email address, or organization. If this is the case, you should consider making these changes after transferring your domain name.
- If you have recently transferred your domain, most probably you won’t be able to transfer it again until 60 days have passed.
If you would like to go deeper into the transfer process and how to move from a specific registrar, please visit our Knowledge Base.