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Transfer domain

We will make your domain transfer to easyname easy!

  • Precise instructions to each domain
  • Immediate start of the transfer
  • easy
  • fast
  • well structured

A domain transfer is comparable to changing mobile phone providers. An unbelievable offer, better service and coverage, dependability and a customer-service team with an excellent reputation – all of these things can be good reasons to switch to a new service provider. If you want to keep (or rather transfer) the same number, as it is the one all your friends, family members, colleagues and customers have saved, you need to make a few arrangements. Transferring a domain is a similar process.

A domain transfer needs time. Although it does not take too much time, you have to count on starting two weeks before the expiration date in case of international transfers and to start five days before for .AT and .DE domains.

Level of difficulty:
15 min (including possible waiting time due to the WHOIS update)
Duration of the transfer:
Some minutes (.de and .at domains) up to some days (international domains)
Ideal moment for a domain transfer:
About 2 weeks before the expiry date

In order to keep the domain transfer without complications we offer you a checklist with explanations. If you fulfill all items on the checklist, the domain transfer will run smoothly.

The domain did not expire

The domain transfer is not possible if the domain has expired already. However you can register a new domain at a favorable price.

The domain is still active and will not expire in the following days

The domains with the extensions .DE and .AT can be transferred shortly. However it is advisable to do the transfer soon and to start the transfer process at least five days before the expiration date of the domain. This way you have a reasonable amount of time to react in case of unexpected difficulties e.g rejection of the transfer email.

If you fulfill all items on the checklist, it is improbable that problems arise.

The WHOIS contact email address is up to date

After the initiation of the transfer, a transfer request will be sent to the email address of the owner of the domain. For this, the email address entered in WHOIS (database with, among other things, information about the owner of a domain) is used. If the data is up to date, unwelcome delays or a repeat transfer request can be avoided. If you have not received an email, even though your email address has been correctly filed, also check your spam folder.

Services like e.g. WhoisGuard are not activated

Services like WhoisGuard protect your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address against public insight into the WHOIS data base. Deactivate this service before starting with the domain transfer since this protected data is necessary for the transfer itself.

The domain has to be older than 60 days or respectively the domain transfer has to be older than 60 days

The rules for the 60-day transfer lock were set up by the respective registries and every domain provider must abide by these guidelines. Assumptions as to why there is this 60-day lock for domain transfers range from “hijacking protection” to “obstacles for domain name speculators”. In most cases, however, this regulation should not cause any considerable issues.

Is it possible to avoid this 60 days locking device?

No, it is not possible. But it happens that domains which are older than 60 days are not transferred because the WHOIS entry has been updated. If only the e-mail address has been updated but not the entry of the provider (registrar), then it is not a reason to be locked and contrary to the ICANN guide line.

This domain is not locked for transfer

If the domain status is in “REGISTRAR LOCK” or “ClientTransferProhibited” (visible in the WHOIS entry), the domain cannot be transferred to a new registrar (provider). Remove this lock in the management domain or have the lock removed by your old registrar if you cannot manage your domain yourself.

You have the current EPP Key of the domain

Depending on the provider, the EPP Key can be called differently. Synonyms for it are AUTH Code, Authorization Key, Authorization Code, Transfer Authorization Code, EPP Code orTransfer Key. However it never changes its function, namely to prevent the not authorized domain transfer.

Every domain has a unique EPP Key known only by the registrant (domain owner) and the current registrar (provider). The domain owner uses the EPP Key as identification tool when the domain transfer from the current to the new provider is done. This way an imminent abuse can be prevented.

The EPP Key is found in every part of the domain management. If not it can be required directly at the provider (registrar).