Transferring Domain Name Ownership

Domain Name Transfer FAQs 

Here’s everything you need to know about transferring domain names in one place.  

What does it mean to transfer a domain name? 

Transferring a domain name means moving a domain from the registrar where it is currently managed to a different registrar. 

Why transfer a domain name? 

You might want to transfer your domain name from one registrar to another for any number of reasons. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common reasons we hear from our domain registrants.  

  • Cost and value.  
    • Registrars determine their own pricing based on the products and services they sell. Some registrars, like, offer free perks with your domain registration (like email forwarding, URL forwarding, and more).  
    • If you’re not happy with the pricing structure of your current registrar and the features they offer, it may be time to make a change.  
  • Domain management and user-friendliness.  
    • Managing your domain names shouldn’t be a hassle. Choose a registrar who prioritizes ease of use and offers all the features you need.  
    • Some registrars offer their own services and seamless integrations for things like email and hosting — while others offer clunky 3rd party integrations that may slow you down.  
  • Domain name is changing ownership.  
    • Did you sell a domain name? Or purchase one from someone else? That domain needs to be transferred to its new owner. 

How long does it take to transfer a domain name? 

Transferring a domain name is a quick process. Once you’ve completed a few steps (like making sure the domain is unlocked, etc.), the rest of the process is taken care of by the registrars.

You can complete your portion of the transfer process in one sitting (which we recommend for security reasons) It only takes an hour or two, max, and that’s being generous. Then, the registrars do their parts to complete your transfer which can take up to 5-7 business days.  

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