After you have been introduced to the different Domain Status Codes, we will now explain you how to have a successful domain transfer.

There are several requirements which have to be met prior to the initiation of a domain transfer. It is best that they are confirmed by the domain owner before he/she orders the transfer:

  • – The domain name to be transferred should be in “ok” or “active” status (refer to domain status codes)
  • – The owner of the domain should have access to the domain’s administrative email address.
  • – The owner of the domain name should have access to the domain’s EPP/Authorization code.
  • – The domain name should be registered or transferred prior more than 60 days.
  • – The domain name should have more than 15 days before expiration.
  • – The domain name should not have an active ID protection service.

* You can see whether your domain name meets the requirements above upon a whois lookup. Here are some websites that offer this service:,,

If all the requirements are met you can safely initiate your domain name transfer. Once you have done that, you will receive two email notifications. They are sent by the two registrars – the current and the new one. In these emails they are asking you to confirm that you are authorizing this domain transfer. You should receive the first notification a few hours after the domain transfer is initiated and the second one – 24 hours after you approve the first one.

You will have up to 5 days to approve each of the emails. If you fail to do that, the domain name transfer will be dropped.

By approving the two emails, you confirm the domain transfer and allow it to finish successfully. Usually after you have approved the second email, the transfer will be completed in a few days. For that time the transfer is completely automated and you do not need to take any further actions.

If you receive an email for the proper completion of the domain transfer at that time then Congratulations, you have made a successfully domain transfer!

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  • Esc Tech Site

    Amazing article. Really detailed on domain transferring. Have a few domains I would like to transfer and I was kinda scared to do it.

  • Dozza


    “If all the requirements are met you can safely initiate your domain name transfer”

    How do we actually go about this, as a reseller account trying to bring a domain into our reseller account?

    Is this done via WHM?

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