Tucows Domains

How can I transfer my domain from one Domain Provider to another Domain Provider?

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The following requirements must be met before you can transfer your domain name:

  1. Since transfer confirmation is done via email, the Administrative Contact email address listed on your domain name must be valid.  If you are unsure, you can perform a WHOIS lookup.   If the address is invalid and you have your login information, you can update it through the Domain Management Interface.   If you do not have the login information, you can update your Administrative Contact by fax.
  2. Your domain name must be at least 60 days old.   This is a Registry-imposed requirement that affects all Registrars.
  3. If your domain name is expired, it must be within the Tucows grace period.
  4. There must be no locks or holds on your domain name.   If you need to have your domain name unlocked or to have an expired-hold removed, contact your current Domain Provider.
  5. You must have the Authorization Code (also called an Auth Code or EPP Key) for most types of domain names.

Partial list of transfer limitations for specific types of domains (TLDs)

  • .CN – You cannot transfer domains 15 days before their expiration date

NOTE: All types of domain names may not be listed here.  Some types of domains (the TLD) may have some special requirements not on this page.   Refer to Domain Specific Information for more information.