There are a few things that you need to think about when you prepare a domain for transfer. This guide will walk you through the steps needed to get the domain eligible for transfer. In order to transfer a domain to another registrar, the domain must be at least 60 days old and unlocked with WHOIS privacy disabled. Where these settings vary greatly depending on your provider.
**Note: Domain Transfers can take up to 7 days to complete so you should always begin this process well in advance of your domain expiring to prevent complications. Expired domain names cannot be transferred to another registrar.
The tutorial will go through what it looks like to get the domain ready for transfer within Reclaim Hosting but, here are some great guides that show how to get a domain ready from other companies.
- Unlock the domain: By default, the domain registrar will place a lock on the domain to prevent domain hijacking. If the domain is less than 60 days old the transfer lock will disable. The user will need to wait until the domain is at least 60 days old to transfer the domain out. Make sure the domain is unlocked in order for the transfer to proceed.
- Turn domain privacy off: Domain privacy is used to mask your contact information that is associated with your domain registration. ICANN requires valid contact information when registering a domain that will be open to the public. This is great for students who are wary about putting their own contact information on the Web. This needs to be turned off in order to transfer a domain to a different registrar. The user needs to approve the transfer through emails and they cannot if the emails are going to the domain privacy email address. This is temporary and the student can turn the domain privacy back on once the domain transfer completes.
- Verify the domain contact information: This is important to check after the domain privacy has been turned off. The email address is really the important piece here as the transfer approval comes through an email.
- Request and EPP/Transfer Authorization Code: This is another piece that domain registrars put in place to keep the domain transfer a secure as possible. This code is the authorization code needed to begin a transfer of a domain from one registrar to another. The code initiates the transfer approval emails and begins the process of moving registrars. The code would need to be passed along to the new registrar to begin the transfer.
Once all of the steps are completed the domain should be transferred within 5-7 days.