Can you explain the Transfer Registrar process?

A registrar is the company who helped you register and manage your domain name. This is the company that holds your domain registration records.

A Transfer Registrar process is the transferring of your domain registration records from one registrar to another. You may wish to transfer your domain to another registrar for better domain management, better customer service or even lower domain renewal rates.

Regardless of the reason for transferring your domain, the transfer process is the same:

1. You verify that the admin contact information listed in the domain WHOIS record is correct. You obtain the Domain AuthCode from your current registrar, and remove any lock that has been placed on your domain registration.

2. You submit a domain transfer request to the new registrar.  The new registrar charges you for a 1-year extension to your domain registration and sends a confirmation email to the domain's listed admin email address.

3. You reply to the confirmation email and submit your domain AuthCode.

4. The central registry will review the transfer details and will notify your new registrar once the transfer is approved.

This entire process will take 5 to 14 days to complete, depending on how quickly you confirm the transfer with your AuthCode and how long it takes the central registry to approve your transfer.

Due to the timing involved with domain transfers, we recommend that you initiate your transfer as soon as possible to avoid any potential problems.  If the transfer doesn't complete before your domain expires, it will be rejected.

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23rd of December, 2014

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