The "Transfer Process" Explained

It is recommended that you begin the process to transfer your Domain Name at least two (2) weeks before your domain name registration expires. You do not loose time when you transfer early. The time left on your previously paid registration on that domain name is yours. In other words, if you have three months left and you transfer to our registrar you will be billed one year (US$25.00 [+ GST if in Canada]) and your registration will be paid up for 1 year (you reserved with us) plus 3 months rolled over (from the previous registrar) - 15 months from the time you transfer registrars.

What happens when you request a Domain Name transfer? What is the process when you ask us to transfer your Domain Name reservation to our accredited ICANN registrar (other, of course, than saving you money)? When you request to have your Domain Name transfered, your payment is processed and your transfer request receives preliminary approval for processing. Generally speaking (though not always) within anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours you will receive a note from our accredited registrar (OpenSRS) that will look like the following:

Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 14:54:55 -0400
From: transfers@ourICANNregistrar.dom
To: originalE-mailContact@DomainName.dom
Subject: Transfer Request for YourDomainName.dom

A request has been received to transfer the domain YourDomainName.dom to the registrar OpenSRS. If you would like to approve this transfer, please visit the following url and follow the instructions:


You will need to enter the following information to complete the transfer:

  • Domain Name: YourDomainName.dom
  • Unique ID: AbC12DefgH

If you do not wish to approve this transfer, simply ignore this message and the request will be cancelled.

Thank you.

Team Registrar

This piece of E-mail will ALWAYS go to the (adiministrative) E-mail address of record - the E-mail address on file with the current registrar. (If your [administrative] E-mail address with your current registrar is no longer operative you must contact the current Registrar for assistance in getting your E-mail address updated.) The URL in this E-mail takes you to a page (pictured right) where you will be prompted to enter the domain name you are transfering and the Unique ID included in this note.

You then enter an area where you confirm you accept the agreement and that you do, indeed, wish our registrar to be your registrar.

Once it is sent to the Registry, the process will take about 5 days providing the registrar you are transfering from doesn't explicity deny the transfer. One reason a request may be denied by the loosing registrar is that your account is not in good standing. If they've carried your account they want to be paid. Besides, you don't loose the time... all time paid to a previous registrar is maintained in your account when transfered to your new choice of registrar.

From: <registrar@your_OLD_registrar.dom>
To: <your_listed_user_name@your_listed_contact_address.dom>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 2:14 AM
Subject: [NIC-000000.0xxx] Change of Registrar Authorization Request

Dear Registered Administrative Contact:

Your Existing Registrar has received a request to Change the Registrar of your domain name, YOURDOMAIN.COM, to Tucows, Inc.. In order to protect you against unauthorized or fraudulent registrar changes, we want to obtain yourauthorization before we act to change your registrar. Please reply to thisemail by copying and pasting the appropriate response as described below:

If you wish to remain with Your Existing Registrar, copy the following line inits entirety and paste it into the subject line of your return email


If you wish to change the registrar, copy the following line in its entirety and paste it into the subject line of your return email


If you don't respond within 96 hours from the time stamp of this email in the manner described above, the request to Change Registrar will be denied. Please be aware that the timestamp of this email and the time based on which to respond are based on Eastern Standard Time.

If you have any question regarding this message, please respond to registrar@your_OLD_registrar.dom.

Best Regards,

The Old Registrar

In order to confirm that you wish to switch to our service you must hit <Reply> then copy and paste the line that reads, "[NIC-000000.0xxx]:DOMAIN.DOM:000000:TRANSFER=YES" from the body of the E-mail into the subject line of the reply E-mail so that they header looks somewhat as follows:

From: <registrar@your_OLD_registrar.dom>
To: <your_listed_user_name@your_listed_contact_address.dom>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 2:14 AM
Subject: [NIC-000000.0xxx]:DOMAIN.DOM:000000:TRANSFER=YES

and send this off your your existing registrar.

You may, subsequently, receive a document from the current registrar. If your registrar was NetworkSolutions/Verisign, for example, you will likely receive a document that looks something like this:

Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 12:14:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: registrar@your_OLD_registrar.dom
To: transfers@your_NEW_registrar.dom
Cc: your_listed_user_name@your_listed_contact_address.dom
Subject: [XXX-000123.45a678] Registrar Accepts Domain Name Transfer Request

Dear Customer:


Network Solutions, Inc. ("NSI") has received a request to transfer your domain name from NSI to another Registrar. This is to notify you that the transfer request has been approved by NSI and was sent to the Registry for processing.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


Registrar Change Group
Network Solutions, Inc.

The speed of transfer will depend, to some extent on the loosing registrar. That registrar can accelerate the process by explicitly permitting the transfer or they may slow it down considerably by explicitly denying permission (as explained above). So far, NetworkSolutions seems to have been quite cooperative in releasing domains for transfer.

If your transfer is denied you will be credited the amount we billed you for registration of your Domain Name - you loose nothing either way. The terms of agreement apply to all Domain Name registrations.

Transfer domain: