Items in the topic Transfer of Expired Domains
An Authorization Code (also called an Auth Code or EPP Key) is required when transferring domains from one registrar to another. The transfer Authorization Code is created when the domain is first registered and can be obtained from the current Registrar for your domain. If you have a .DE domain name, an Authorization Code is only valid for 30 days once it’s created or changed.
Additionally, your Domain Provider can email the transfer Authorization Code (as well as the domain’s username and password) to the Administrative Contact email address on file. You can see the current Administrative Contact email address for the domain by performing a WHOIS lookup.
Usually you cannot transfer an expired domain from another Registrar to Tucows, as the currently Registrar will not support this. However, you should check with the current Registrar to verify that you can or cannot transfer the domain.
You can, however, transfer an expired domain that is currently with Tucows. There are two types of transfers you can perform:
1) Transfer to another Domain Provider
You can transfer your domain to another Domain Provider, which can generally be accomplished in under 30 minutes. Even if their website states that expired domains cannot be transferred, they will be able to transfer your domain because they are within the same Registrar system (Tucows/OpenSRS) as your old Provider.
2) Transfer to another Registrar
You can transfer your domain to another Registrar, but you will need to get your domain Provider to unlock your domain. Sometimes this can be done by the domain owner from a Domain Management Interface in the Domain Extras section. The current lock status can be seen from a WHOIS lookup and is usually shown as “clientTransferProhibited”. Note that Registrar transfers take generally 1-7 days to complete.
To ensure the transfer will succeed you must first submit the transfer request with the Gaining Registrar. Emails will be sent to the Admin contact asking for their approval. You can verify the address using a WHOIS lookup
The Administrative Contact email address is used to confirm the transfer. If it needs to be updated, you may need to resubmit the transfer request with the Gaining Registrar. Clarify this issue with the Gaining Registrar first.
You must also have the Authorization Code information (also called an Auth Code or EPP key) for the domain name.
There must be no locks or holds on your domain name. If you need to have your domain name unlocked you must either contact your Domain Provider directly, and in some cases you can remove it yourself from a Domain Management Interface under Domain Extras.
The Administrative Contact email address is the most powerful email address on a domain name; it’s important to keep this up to date at all times. The Administrative Contact email can be updated through the Domain Management Interface.
If the Administrative Contact email address is no longer valid, you should contact your Domain Provider to see if they have an alternative recovery method to recover your username and password.
Domain locking is designed to prevent domains from being transferred without the Domain Owner’s express consent. It also prevents name server (DNS) changes.
In some cases the option to lock and unlock a domain is within the Domain Extras section of the Domain Management Interface.