Checklist for the Transfer of Your Domain

  • The domain is active and will not expire in the next few days

    Your domain must still be actively registered so you can initiate a transfer. Ideally, you should initiate the transfer of your domain at least 5 days before the actual expiration date. Thus, a certain amount of time buffer is available to have enough time to resolve the problem in case of any difficulties (e.g., non-delivery of the transfer email).

  • Contact details of the domain owner are current

    After the initiation of the transfer, a transfer request will be sent to the domain owner's email address. For this, the email address entered in WHOIS is used. If the data is up to date, unwelcome delays or a repeat transfer request can be avoided.

  • Services like e.g. WhoisGuard are not activated

    Services like WhoisGuard protect your personal information (name, address, phone number and email address) from public inspection in a WHOIS database. However, as this protected information is required for a transfer, you must ensure that these services are disabled in a timely manner.

  • Domain was registered more than 60 days ago or last transferred

    The rule of the 60-day transfer lock was set by the respective registries and each registrar must comply with this requirement. This 60-day lock should serve as additional protection against "hijacking" or so-called "Domaingrabbern". In most cases, however, this regulation should not cause any major problems.

  • The domain was not blocked for transfers

    For some domain extensions, you can set a so-called transfer lock, which should prevent unauthorized persons from initiating a transfer for your domain. This lock may need to be picked up from your old provider before you can transfer your domain to us.

  • You own the current authcode of the domain

    The authcode is a password that is known only to you as the domain owner and the current registrar of the domain. For a transfer, you must provide this password so that you can authenticate yourself as a legitimate domain owner.

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What is a domain transfer?

The relocation of a domain to another domain provider is called domain transfer. Payment and management of the domain are handled by the new domain provider.

What is an Authcode?

The authcode may have different names, depending on the provider. It can also be found under the synonyms EPP Key, Authorization Key, Authorization Code, Transfer Authorization Code, EPP Code or Transfer Key. However, the key function that this code has - the prevention of unauthorized domain transfers (in some cases unauthorized owner changes as well) - always remains the same.

Each domain has a unique authcode which is only known to the domain owner and the current registrar (provider). In the case of a domain transfer (or owner change) this authcode is specified as the identification means of the current domain owner. This can prevent potential abuse.

The authcode can always be obtained from the current registrar / provider of the domain.

When do I need an authcode?

An authcode is typically used during a domain transfer. In some cases you also need it when you want to change the owner of your domain. Whether an authcode is necessary for these actions depends on the respective top-level domain (TLD). On the detail page of a TLD, you can see if (and in what cases) you need an authcode for your domain. You can reach the detail page of each TLD through the overview page of all available top-level domains.