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Transfering your domain name to TransIP

We're glad you've decided to transfer your domain name to TransIP! The procedure for transfering your specific domain name depends on the domain extension (or TLD).

For instance, some domain names are transfered by simply entering an authorization code, while others need a little bit more work before the transfer is completed. This article explains the different ways of transfering your domain name to TransIP.

We'll start by listing the domain extensions that only need an authorization code to perform the transfer. Next up are domain extensions that use an authorization code, but require additional actions to transfer the domain name as well. Lastly, we'll cover the domain extensions that don't use an authorization code, but instead require a different approach.

Take note that we will be discussing the transfer procedures for the most frequently used domain extensions. If your domain extension isn't listed in this article, please contact our support team. They will gladly tell you how to transfer your domain name!

Read the article 'Transfering your domain name to a new registrar' to learn how to transfer your domain name at TransIP to a different registrar.

This article shows you how to transfer your domain name to TransIP. Want to transfer your website as well? Then use the article 'Transfering your website to a Web Hosting package at TransIP', while using the steps in the current article as a guideline for transfering your domain name.


Transfering domain names with an authorization code

The following domain extensions only use an authorization code to perform a domain transfer:

  • gTLD'S (generic Top Level Domains). These are all domain extensions that do not end in a country code (e.g. .COM.NET.ORG and .SHOP).
  • .NL
  • .DE
  • .EU
  • .AT
  • .SE
  • .GR
  • .CH
  • .FR & .RE
  • .IT

You can request the authorization code for these domain extensions at your current registrar.

If your domain extension isn't listed here, it may have an alternative transfer procedure. Visit the chapter 'Alternative transfer procedures' to read how to transfer your domain name to TransIP.

 

If you can't find your domain extension in there either, please contact our support team. They can tell you exactly how to transfer your domain name.

We will now explain how to transfer these domain names to TransIP using the corresponding authorization code. Take note that you can choose to transfer your domain name with minimal down time as well, as long as it only uses an authorization code to complete the transfer.

Transfering your domain name with minimal down time

If you're currently using a website, email or other services with your domain name, we can imagine you want to transfer these to TransIP with as little down time as possible.

Want to host your existing website at TransIP? Then use the article 'Transfering your website to a web hosting package at TransIP' to perform the transfer with minimal down time.


You could also choose to keep your website, email and / or other services at your current provider and only transfer your domain name to TransIP. To keep the website, email and / or other services running smoothly, we recommend using the information in this box.

The steps below will show you how to transfer your domain name with an authorization code. In order to perform a transfer with minimal down time, you will need to enter an incorrect authorization code (for example 'falsecode123') during these steps.

As a result, the doman name will not be transfered yet, but you will be able to configure your domain name's DNS records at TransIP via your control panel. This allows you to configure the required DNS record for your website, email and / or other services, before completing the transfer.

Wait 24 hours after setting the DNS records in your control panel and enter the correct authorization code to transfer with minimal down time. When the transfer is complete, the domain name will be registered at TransIP and it will keep pointing to the website, email and / or other services at your previous provider.

In order to enter the correct code, visit the tab 'Domains & Hosting' in your control panel. Next, select your domain name on the left hand side (don't check the box). Click on 'Retry with different authorization code' and enter the correct authorization code.

Keep in mind that this procedure only works for domain names that use an authorization code for transfers.



Step 1

Request you domain name's authorization code at your current registrar. Once you've received the authorization code, visit our domain checker, fill in your domain name and click on the magnifying glass.

If you wish to transfer multiple domain names at once, click on 'Bulk +'.

enter your domain name in the domain checker



Step 2

On the next screen, you will find the price of the transfer. Click 'Transfer' to select your domain name and click on 'Continue' to proceed.

select your domain and click continue



Step 3

Enter the authorization code for your domain name and click on 'Continue'.

enter your authorization code



Step 4

If you wish to use email or a website at TransIP, you can now choose to add a web hosting package with the domain transfer. By default the Web Hosting L package will be selected.

choose web hosting

Click on 'Show all hosting options' to view the other packages or click on 'To cart without web hosting' to transfer the domain name without a web hosting package.

If you've already created a website for your domain name, use the article 'Transfering your website to a web hosting package at TransIP' to read how to transfer your website as well.



Step 5

On the next page you will be asked to enter your payment information. 

finish your order

Check if the payment information is correct and edit them if needed. Use the button 'Edit WHOIS and nameservers' if you want to edit the WHOIS information and nameservers before the transfer takes place.

Once you're ready, click 'Order'. The transfer of your domain name will start right away.


Additional steps & transfer time

Keep in mind that for some domain extensions, entering an authorization code is not enough. Some domain transfers require additional steps and the transfer time can differ per domain extension.

Click on a domain extension below to see if additional steps are required and how long the transfer of your domain extension can take.

gTLD´s such as .COM, .NET, .ORG and .SHOP

After entering the correct authorization code, the transfer of your gTLD will be requested at the registry. To complete the transfer, it needs to be approved. How the transfer can be approved depends on the registrar where your gTLD is registered.

Different registrars may use different ways of approving a gTLD transfer. At TransIP, we believe in giving our users full control. When transfering a domain name away from TransIP, you can simply approve or reject the transfer via your control panel.

However, when transfering your gTLD from another registrar to TransIP, the leaving registrar may use a different procedure. That's why we recommend contacting your current registrar before requesting the transfer of your gTLD to TransIP. They will be able to tell you how to the transfer can be approved.

  • If the correct authorization code is entered and the transfer is approved, the transfer will take place immediately.
     
  • If the correct authorization code is entered, but the transfer is rejected, the transfer will be cancelled.
     
  • If the correct authorization code is entered, but the transfer is neither approved or rejected, the transfer will automatically take place after 5 days.

Take note: gTLD's can not be transfered in the first 60 days after it was registered or transfered. This limitation also applies after an owner change, although in this specific case, the 60 day rule may be bypassed.

 

For more information on this limitaiton, please contact our support team.

.NL, .DE, .EU, .AT, .SE, .GR and .CH

Entering the authorization code for these domain extensions is sufficient. The transfer will take place immediately after entering the correct authorization code.

.FR and .RE

After entering the correct authorization code, the transfer of your .FR or .RE domain name will be requested with the French registry AFNIC. The registrar where your .FR or .RE domain name is currently registered will be asked to approve the transfer. The course of the transfer depends on how fast and if the registrar approves the transfer.

  • If the current registrar approves the transfer within 8 days after the request, the transfer will take place immediately.
     
  • If the current registrar declines the transfer within 8 days after the request, the transfer will take place after 22 days. However, the registrar may still approve the transfer after declining it, after which the transfer will take place immediately.
     
  • If your registrar neither approves or declines the transfer within 8 days, the transfer will take place after the 8 days have passed.

When transfering a .FR or .RE domain name from TransIP to another registrar, we will automatically approve the outgoing transfer. The transfer will then take place immediately.

.IT

After entering the correct authorization code for your .IT domain name, your current registrar is asked to approve the transfer. The registrar has 5 days to either approve or decline the transfer.

  • If the current registrar approves the transfer within 5 days, the transfer will take place immediately.
     
  • If the current registrar declines the transfer within 5 days, the transfer will not take place.
     
  • If the current registrar neither approves or declines the transfer within 5 days, the transfer will take place after the 5 days have passed.

When transfering a .IT domain name from TransIP to another registrar, we will automatically approve the outgoing transfer. The transfer will then immediately take place.


Alternative transfer procedures

The following domain extensions aren't transfered using an authorization code (directly), but use a different approach.

.CO.UK, .UK, .ME.UK and .ORG.UK

Domain names that end with .UK are not transfered with an authorization code, but by changing the so called IPS-TAG.

The IPS-TAG indicates which registrar the .UK domain name is registered with. By changing the IPS-TAG, you give the receiving registrar permission to transfer the .UK domain name to them.

In order to transfer your .UK domain name to TransIP, ask your current registrar to change the domain name's IPS-TAG to ours: 'KEY-SYSTEMS-DE'.

Once the IPS-TAG is changed, you can request the transfer of the domain name using the steps in 'Transfering domain names with an authorization code'. You will not have to enter an authorization code this way. Once our IPS-TAG is set and the transfer is requested, the transfer will take place immediately.

.BE

Although transfers of .BE domain names do use an authorization code, the code is only available after requesting the transfer.

The authorization code for your .BE domain name will then be sent to the registrant contact listed in the WHOIS information of your .BE domain name. This is why we recommend to first check if the registrant's email address is correct at your current registrar.

Once you're sure the registrant's email address is correct, request the transfer using the steps in 'Transfering domain names with an authorization code'. You will not have to enter an authorization code this way.

Take note: The registry of .BE domain names charges you when changing the name or company name of the registrant. However, if you change this information during the transfer, the owner change will be free of charge.

 

If you wish to change the registrant information during the transfer of your .BE domain name, make sure to click 'Edit WHOIS and nameservers' in Step 5 of 'Transfering domain names with an authorization code'. You will be able to change the registrant information here alongside your domain transfer.

Once you've requested the transfer of your .BE domain name to TransIP, the Belgian registry will send the corresponding authorization code to the email address of the registrant.

In order to enter the authorization code, visit your control panel and click on the tab 'Domains & Hosting' at the top. Select your domain name on the left hand side (don't check the box). A few minutes after requesting the transfer, you will see the option 'Enter authorization code'. Click on this option and enter the authorization code you've received on the registrant's email address.

The transfer of your .BE domain name will then take place immediately.

.ES

Domain transfers of .ES domain names also take place without using an authorization code. Instead, the domain name's administrative contact receives two emails after requesting the transfer. One email to approve the transfer with and one email to decline the transfer with.

This is why we recommend checking the administrative contact of your domain name at your current registrar, before requesting the transfer. Once you're sure the email address of the administrative contact is correct, request the transfer using the steps in 'Transfering domain names with an authorization code'. You will not have to enter an authorization code this way.

After the transfer is requested, the Spanish registry will send the two emails to the administrative contact's email address. If the transfer is approved within 10 days after it was requested, the transfer will take place immediately.

Take note: The registrant of a .ES domain name cannot be changed via the control panel or during a transfer. This can only be done once the transfer or registration of your .ES domain at TransIP is completed.

 

If you wish to change the registrant of a .ES domain name, please contact our support team.

.LU

The Luxemburgish registry does not allow a transfer to be requested automatically via domain checkers. Instead, we will need to manually request the transfer for you. The costs of a .LU domain transfer are €35.- ex. VAT.

The Luxemburgish registry also imposes two conditions to .LU domain transfers.

  • The name servers you wish to use for the .LU domain name will need to comply with the registry's name server check.
    • All the TransIP name servers comply with the registry's name server check. If you wish to use other name servers, you will need to configure them according to the rules of the name server check.
       
  • When the transfer of your .LU domain name is requested, the registry will send an email to the domain name's administrative contact. This is why we recommend checking the domain name's administrative contact at your current registrar, before requesting the transfer.

    After the transfer is requested, you will have 7 days to approve the transfer via the email sent to the administrative contact of your .LU domain name. If you fail to approve within this timeframe, the transfer request will be cancelled and the registry will charge you with cancellation fees (€7.50 ex. VAT).

Contact our support team once you're sure you meet the conditions listed above. Notify them which .LU domain name you wish to transfer, that it meets the conditions imposed by the registry and you agree to the transfer costs.

Our support team will then request the transfer of your .LU domain name. Once the transfer is approved using the email sent by the registry, the transfer will take place immediately.

.NU

Although .NU domain transfers use an authorization code, the registry requires additional information to start the transfer request. 

The .NU registry asks for the so called identification number of the person / company that is stated as the registrant of the .NU domain name.

You can start the transfer request using the steps in 'Transfering domain names with an authorization code'. After entering the authorization code, you will be asked to enter an identification number for either a person or a company.

enter the identification number

  • If the domain name is registered to a person, select 'Person' under 'Registrant' and enter the person's social security number.
     
  • If the domain name is registered to a company, select 'Company' under 'Registrant' and enter the VAT number of the company.

Once you're ready, click on the 'Continue' button and you will be taken to step 5 in 'Transfering domain names with an authorization code'. Finalize your order to start requesting the transfer for your .NU domain name. If the correct authorization code is entered, the transfer will take place immediately.

Take note: The registrant of a .NU domain name cannot be changed via the control panel or during a transfer. This can only be done once the transfer or registration of your .NU domain at TransIP is completed.

 

If you wish to change the registrant of a .NU domain name registered with TransIP, please contact our support team.



In this article we explained how to transfer a domain name to TransIP.

If you have any questions regarding this article, please contact our support team. You can reach them using the 'Contact us' button below or via the 'Contact' button inside your control panel.

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