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How to Transfer a Domain to Someone Else

Gabriela Crothers  /  November 2, 2021  /  
How to Transfer a Domain to Someone Else

Prepare your website first if you want to transfer ownership of your domain. Disable your domain privacy settings, update the current admin email address, and unlock the domain. Overlooking these steps will delay the process. Registrars cannot perform the necessary confirmation process on locked websites with outdated information.

Afterward, reach out to your registrar. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) states that registrars require some type of confirmation system, which domain owners would have to fulfill within 60 days.

Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domain Ownership

To avoid any mishaps and delays when transferring domain ownership, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Disable your domain privacy settings. Most registrars offer Whois privacy, a system that hides your personal information. However, since your registrar has to confirm your identity, you’ll have to turn off this feature.
  • Step 2: Update the website information. Check your admin email and unlock the domain transfer lock before contacting your registrar. 
  • Step 3: Request a domain transfer. Contact your domain registrar and inform them that you wish to transfer domain ownership.
  • Step 4: Submit the necessary paperwork. Most registrars will give you no more than two months to fulfill the requirements for the domain transfer.

If you find yourself stuck between any of these steps, contact your registrar. Different registrars have varying procedures, so you might end up needing assistance at some point in the transfer. Similarly, other registrars have a more streamlined process.

Also, prepare the necessary documents in advance. Any delays in submitting the requirements might force your registrar to move your transfer request to a later date. Keep track of their deadlines.

Do you find yourself lost on how to buy your first domain name? Page Kits has you covered! Use our step-by-step guide on purchasing domain names as a solid starting point.

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