How to Transfer a Domain Name

You’ve found the domain you want and have sent payment to the seller – now what?

Getting control and ownership of a domain isn’t as simple as with other property. While domains are starting to move towards instant transfer like with other e-Commerce, it’s still a long ways from happening on a majority of domain transactions.

Let’s look at the 4 ways to receive a domain:

1. Domain Push

If the buyer has an account at the registrar the domain is registered at, the seller can “push” the domain to the buyer. In some cases like with domains at GoDaddy, the buyer may have to go through a confirmation process to receive the domain. At most other registrars, a domain push instantaneously puts the domain in the buyer’s account.

The seller in most cases initiates the push and needs particular account information from the buyer to do so. Here is what the seller needs at some popular registrars:

  • GoDaddy and GoDaddy resellers: Account username or number and the email address associated with it
  • Dotster/Fabulous/NameCheap/Enom and Enom resellers: Account username
  • Moniker: Account number and security authorization code (located in Security Settings within Account Management)
  • Tucows and their resellers (such as BigRock): Account # and username
  • Name.com and their resellers (such as DomainSite): Account ID
  • Register.com and iDotz: Account username, first name and last name

Domain “Pull”

Network Solutions and Domain Monster both use the domain “pull” method instead, which means the buyer initiates the push instead of the seller. Network Solutions only requires the domain while Domain Monster requires the seller’s account email address. In both cases, the seller would receive the request and would have to accept it.

2. Domain Transfer

Domain transfers involve the buyer ordering a domain transfer at a different registrar than where the domain is at. The seller generally must have the domain unlocked and must provide the domain’s transfer authorization code (aka EPP code) to the buyer.

Some popular registrars like GoDaddy and Moniker have an initial transfer confirmation process after the buyer orders the transfer. The seller would receive an email with a process the buyer must do within their account. In the case of GoDaddy, only after this part is completed does the buyer then need the domain’s transfer authorization code to continue.

Once any initial confirmation process is done, the seller’s registrar usually receives the transfer request within 1 business day. The seller must accept the transfer or it will not go through. In most cases, the transfer completes within 2 business days of that acceptance. Some registrars like Moniker can take longer however – up to 7 business days.

3. Domain Push Into New Account

This option involves the seller creating an account for the buyer at their registrar and pushing the domain into it. They then give the account details to the buyer. This option can be useful to avoid headaches with a domain transfer if the buyer doesn’t have an account at the registrar. This is not as common as a normal domain push or domain transfer.

4. Seller’s Registrar Account Access

With this option, the seller actually gives the buyer access to their registrar account. This is the least common option, one that sellers would only consider if their account only had the one domain and they didn’t intend to use it otherwise. In cases of some obscure country-code TLDs, this may be the only way to transfer a domain. Otherwise, other options are usually preferred.

If you don’t want to bother dealing with a transaction, we at Domainate can help. We’ve completed many thousands of transactions smoothly and can also help negotiate a good deal with the seller. Contact us and we can help you acquire the domain you want.

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One Comment on “How to Transfer a Domain Name”

  1. Sharon Hayes says:

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