Domain Name Transfers

Written by Sierra Rein
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There are many reasons why domain name transfers take place. The first reason is simple: to move the domain name from one registrar to the other based on competitive yearly renewal prices and packaged services. The other is to take advantage of better customer support and communication systems. Either way, domain name transfers usually mean an upgrade on quality and price control.

Domain name transfers can take a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This depends on two main factors: the speed of the first registrar to recognize the request, and the amount of time it takes for the second registrar to accept the transfer. Most of the time, website and email services will not be affected by the transfer in any way, shape, or form.

The first thing to do in order to start the transfer process is to submit the domain name to be transferred to the new registrar, along with a small fee. The registrar-to-be then emails the current registrar, who then sends the domain name owner a confirmation email regarding the transaction. Once this email is confirmed, the losing registrar will release the domain to the winning registrar within five business days.

Legal Issues of Domain Name Transfers

Domain name transfers can be denied if the domain name itself is less than 60 days old or if there are payment, billing, or trademark and ownership disputes. These are based on policies enforced by the ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which cannot be ignored by any reputable registrar. A denied domain name transfer must be cleared by the ICANN before it is legally confirmed and processed.


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