Domain Transfer FAQ

Domain owners have the ability to manage their domain at any registrar of their choice. The process of moving the management of a domain from one registrar to another is referred to as a domain transfer.

Transferring domains can be unclear sometimes, but we want to make this process as straightforward as possible. 

  1. Do I need to wait until the domain is about to expire before transferring?
  2. How can I transfer my domain to Hover?
  3. How long does a domain transfer take?
  4. Is there a domain transfer fee?
  5. What is an authorization code?

1. Do I need to wait until the domain is about to expire before transferring?

It's best practice to transfer the domain with plenty of registration time remaining; however, expired domains within their grace period can still be transferred.  The cost to transfer the domain will include an additional year of registration.

If a domain is renewed and then immediately transferred away, the renewal period may be rolled back if the transfer is within the auto-renew grace period.

2. How can I transfer my domain to Hover?

Reach out to your current domain provider for assistance with preparing the domain for transfer. The domain can be transferred as long as;

  • The domain was not registered within the last 60 days.
  • The domain was not transferred in the last 60 days.
  • The domain is not in redemption status.
  • The domain does not have an unresolved dispute.

When the domain is prepared, you will be able to initiate the transfer.

Certain domain extensions will need to be transferred to Hover manually, the prompt below will be displayed if a manual transfer is required. Reach out to our support team, and we will be happy to initiate the transfer for you. This is common for ccTLD domains like .uk, .us, .it, etc.

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3. How long does a domain transfer take?

The domain transfer process can sometimes take up to two weeks, depending on the type of domain being transferred and the registry's policies. Common gTLD domains like .com, .net, .org usually complete within 7 days.

4. Is there a domain transfer fee?

Yes, most domains do have a transfer fee. The price depends on the type of domain being transferred.

Specific domain extensions will not automatically renew after a transfer resulting in no transfer fee. For example, .uk domains only automatically renew if transferred within the last seven days of registration. Otherwise, there is no transfer fee, and the additional year will not be added to the domain's registration period.

5. What is an authorization code?

The authorization code, often referred to as an EPP code or auth code is a unique 6 to 32 character code assigned to the domain. This code can only be obtained at the current domain registrar and is mandatory for a domain transfer.

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