Setting up a website for your business often involves choosing a domain name from a registrar. Initially selecting a registrar may lead you to realize that another one suits your needs better. Fortunately, transferring your domain from one registrar to another is possible through a domain transfer process. However, the duration of a domain transfer can vary, and there are steps you can take to expedite the process.

What is a domain transfer?

A domain transfer involves changing the registrar for your domain name. This means a new domain registrar will take over the reservation and management of your domain name. Website owners have the right to choose any ICANN-accredited registrar for their domain name, irrespective of the initial registrar.

Why might you need to transfer a domain?

Motivators for initiating a domain transfer include finding a more affordable option, gaining access to additional features and services, or consolidating multiple domain names under a single registrar for convenience.

The role of domain registrars in transfers

During the transfer process, communication occurs between the current and future registrar. The current registrar authorizes the transfer, and the future registrar assists in linking your domain to their services.

The domain transfer process

  1. Determining eligibility: After registering or transferring a domain, there is a mandatory 60-day waiting period before initiating a transfer. Additionally, the domain may be ineligible if involved in an ownership dispute or subject to a court order.
  2. Preparing your domain: Before requesting a transfer, ensure you’re ready to stop using the services of the current registrar. Unlock your domain through the current registrar, and make necessary preparations, such as backing up emails.
  3. Submitting your domain: Request a transfer authorization code from the current registrar, then provide this code to the new registrar to complete the transfer. Creating an account with the future registrar ankd searching for the unlocked domain are typical steps.

How long does a domain transfer take?

According to ICANN requirements, the former registrar has a maximum of five calendar days to release the domain to the new registrar once the transfer is verified. However, verification periods and administrative delays may extend the overall process, resulting in a typical duration of five to seven days.

Submission: Once you have the necessary information, submit your domain for transfer. At 10Corp, you can do this easily by visiting our Easy Domain Transfer page. After initiation at the current registry, the transfer can take up to 7 days to complete.

What’s the average domain name transfer time when moving to a new registrar?

The average domain transfer processing time can vary, but at 10Corp, it typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to seven days after receiving a domain transfer request. Whether it’s a .CA domain for your new cake shop in Toronto or a .NYC domain transferred from GoDaddy, the process is efficient, provided the domain is eligible and unlocked.

It’s been days, and my domain hasn’t been transferred!

If your domain transfer hasn’t completed within seven days, there might be reasons for the delay. It could be pending due to payment issues, evidence of fraud, or attempting to transfer the domain too early. The maximum legal time for a domain transfer is 60 days, so ensure you’re within this timeframe.

Can you speed up a domain transfer?

Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the domain transfer period. The process takes between 30 minutes and seven days, depending on various factors. While you can contact your current registrar to inquire about expediting the outgoing transfer, not all registrars provide this option.

Is it possible to complete a domain transfer instantly?

No, domain transfers cannot happen instantly. The quickest completion time is 30 minutes, which is relatively short. Ensure your domain is ready for transfer, unlocked, and you have the authorization codes at the ready. Note that some top-level domain names like .ES and .UK may have additional transfer requirements, potentially speeding up the process.

Choose for your domain transfers

For a seamless domain transfer experience, offers convenient access to domain name services. Their platform simplifies locating and setting up your domain, providing access to a full suite of business and website management tools upon completion of the transfer.


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