Domain Name Transfer Process and Checklist
The process of transferring a Domain Name from a different registrar to MICHIGAN EXPRESS can appear overwhelming and confusing, if it is a process you are not familiar with. We hope this guide will help you to understand the basics of the domain transfer process, and what is required to transfer a domain to us here at MICHIGANX, or anywhere.
Before submitting a transfer order, we recommend preparing your domains for transfer at your current registrar. Here is a quick list of things to complete Prior to placing your transfer order:
- Unlock your Domain Name: A Domain Name being "unlocked" means that your current registrar will remove any statuses from your domain that would prevent a transfer. If you are familiar with WHOIS, you can verify that your domain is unlocked if it has a status of "ok", or so long as a status of neither "clientTransferProhibited" or "pendingDelete" is set for the domain. If the domain has a status of "pendingDelete" there is nothing you can do to transfer the domain. Even if your domain is locked, you can still complete your order with us and our system will check every 15 minutes for the domain to be unlocked and proceed with the transfer process once the unlocking is complete.
- Administrative contact email availability: Make sure you have access to the administrative contact email address associated with the domain in WHOIS. As detailed below, our system is required to email this address with a link to verify the domain transfer.
- Remove WHOIS ID Privacy: We typically recommend removing domain WHOIS privacy services prior to transfer. This is not always a requirement, but some registrars do not permit transfers if privacy services are used. Additionally, some privacy services shield the administrative email addresses associated with the domain in WHOIS, and we therefore cannot complete the step above. You can leave the privacy service on for your domain if you are sure that your registrar will still permit the transfer, and you verify that you can receive email addressed to the administrative contact address in WHOIS.
- EPP transfer code: You must retrieve the EPP transfer authorization code from your current registrar in order to transfer your domain. The process for obtaining the transfer code will be different for each registrar, but registrars are required to allow you to acquire the code. You can still complete your transfer order on our site if you do not have the authorization code at the time the order is placed. You will be able to provide the code after placing your order.
- Other considerations:
- Check that your Domain Name has been registered for at least 60 days. Domain Names cannot be transferred within 60 days of the initial registration.
- The Domain Name must not have been transferred within the last 60 days.
- The domain is not within 7 days of expiration if the registrar you are leaving does not permit accepting outbound transfers. But if your domain expires within 7 days, first check with your current registrar to ensure they allow approval of outbound transfers to bypass the standard 5-6 day waiting period. (most do not)
- If your domain expired and or was renewed at your current domain provider within the past 45 days, you will not receive an extra year on your registration period.
- Submit your Domain Transfer order
- Our system will first make sure that the EPP transfer authorization code you entered is correct. If it is not correct, you will be notified and you can re-enter the code. Assuming the EPP code is correct, and;
- Our system will verify that your domain can be transferred per the points on the top of this page. If there are any problems, you will be notified and given further instructions. Assuming the domain can be transferred, and;
- Our system will retrieve the email address for the administrative contact as shown in WHOIS, and we will send an email to that address containing a link that must be clicked on, in order to approve the transfer. If you cannot receive email to this email address, you will need to update the email address in WHOIS via your current registrar and then elect to re-send the email. Once the link in the email is clicked, and;
- Our system will submit the transfer request to the registry for the domain. This is the final step. The Transfer will Not Complete for a Period of 5-6 days. There is unfortunately nothing we can do to expedite the process any further and it is completely out of our hands.
- If the transfer fails, we unfortunately, will not know the reason for the rejection so you will need to follow up with your current registrar, or they might have sent you an email regarding the failure of the transfer. Once you are satisfied that any future transfer of the domain will not be rejected, simply re-submit the transfer request.