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How do I transfer my domain away?

Should there be a time where you want to transfer your domain away, there are generally two ways of doing so. Some regional registries may differ slightly but the gaining registrar will advise you of any specific requirements or processes they need you to follow.

gTLD Domains (.com, .net, .social, .club etc)

The majority of transfers will follow the gTLD method which is key based.

  • Unlock the domain via your portal using the Manage Domain button and Registrar Lock tab.
  • Request an EPP key under the management tab which is sent to the domain registrant contact.
  • If you have not received the EPP key from the above step, check the registrant contact under the Contact Information option from the same management tab and if incorrect, update this. Any corrections will lock the domain for 60 days as per ICANN policy after which time you can resume the transfer and request an EPP key.
  • Provide the EPP to the new registrar, they will need to submit this as part of the transfer request.
  • The new registrar will send a transfer authorisation email to either the registrant or administrative contact or both. Any emails received to our administrative contact will be forwarded to the registrant contact for that person to approve.
  • Approve the transfer authorisation email you have received to commence the transfer. You may receive multiple transfer notifications so it is important you complete each one to avoid the transfer failing.
  • Wait up to 7 days for the transfer to complete. No changes can be made to the domain after approving the transfer authorisation, including to renewal dates, contact information or nameservers.

UK Domains (.co.uk, .me.uk, .uk etc but not .sch.uk or .ac.uk)

All Nominet domains will follow the same transfer process. This does not include domains ending with .sch.uk or .ac.uk who are administered by UKERNA.

  • The gaining tag holder will process your initial transfer order and provide you instructions on what information to change.
  • If they only provide nameservers, this is not considered a transfer and should be conducted from the Manage Domain page and then the nameservers tab. The domain will still be administered and billed by us.
  • If they have provided a registrar tag, also known as an IPS tag, NIC handle or just "handle", you will need to provide this to us via your portal. It should be in CAPITALS and a valid tag as listed on Nominet's registrar list. Please do not just use a random tag that you believe is correct as once changed, it cannot be undone and if wrong, could be very complicated and costly to fix.
  • If the gaining tag is configured to accept any transfers before the tag is changed, the domain will not move until this has been done. If after 5 days this has not been accepted, the tag change will time out and the domain will remain with us and you will need to request it once more. If the gaining tag is configured to accept any transfer, it will be immediate. In either case, once the request has been made, there is no further confirmation of a time out or completion.

ccTLD Domains (.eu, .co, .it etc)

As like with .uk domains which are largely administered by Nominet, each country will manage their own ccTLD or have a holding company do this. Due to this, some countries have unique rules for transfer such as with .uk.

Most countries have adopted a EPP key based approach and where this is the case, you will find the options to request an EPP key via the portal in line with the gTLD Domains guide.

The gaining registrar however should provide you specific instructions for that ccTLD and if neither of the guides above fall in line with that, please get in touch with Domain Name Support via your portal so we can assist further.

For some transfers where there is manual intervention required, we do reserve to right to make a small charge for the administrative time required.

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