Transfer a domain out

This article provides the steps to transfer a domain out of Google Domains.

Transfer restrictions

Please note the following restrictions:

  • If you recently purchased or transferred a domain, Google Domains requires you to wait 60 days before you can transfer your domain to another registrar or user, in accordance with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) guidelines.
  • Transfer of .jp domains is not allowed for a period starting 13 days before the expiration date and ending 30 days after the auto-renew transaction is successfully processed. 
  • When transferring, ICANN requires you to renew your domain for an additional year. If this will cause your domain to exceed the 10-year maximum registration period, you may not be able to transfer to another registrar at this time.
  • If Google Domains has an outstanding administrative action against your domain, you cannot transfer your domain until the matter is resolved.

Prepare your domain for transfer out

Note: .CO.UK domains use a different transfer-out procedure.

You can transfer your domain from Google Domains:

  • To another user within Google Domains
  • To another user at a different registrar
  • To your own account at a different registrar

The procedure to prepare your domain for transfer out is the same for all cases:

Step 1: Select the domain you want to transfer.

  1. Click My domains to view your domains.
  2. Click the name of the domain you want to transfer.

Step 2: Prepare your domain for transfer.

  1. Click the Settings tab Settings (gear icon).
  2. Under Domain lock, make sure your domain is unlocked.
  3. Optionally, under Private Registration, select Make my information public. This isn't required by Google Domains but may be required by some registrars for transfer.
  4. Click the Expires/Registration tab or .
  5. Under Transfer out, click the Get authorization code button. Copy the authorization code and provide it to your new registrar.

Step 3: Authorize the transfer of your domain.

Your transfer may require you to re-enter and verify contact information for your registration or re-verify existing information. This process may yield a change to the registrant, administrative, or technical contact provided for the registration.

For more information see about transferring out.

Note: Domain transfers can take up to 5-7 days to complete.

Transfer .CO.UK domains to another registrar

.UK domains use a different transfer-out process:

  • You select the registrar you want to transfer the domain to
  • Google Domains contacts Nominet, the registry, and informs them of the transfer
  • You receive an email notice from your new registrar to confirm and complete the transfer

To transfer out a .CO.UK domain:

  1. Click the Expires tab or for your domain and scroll down to Transfer out.
  2. Click Select registrar to start the transfer-out process.
  3. Select if you're transferring to another user within Google Domains or to another registrar. 
  4. In the Transfer Out screen, enter the tag for the registrar you're transferring to.
    • Go to nominet.uk/registrar-list/ and search for your new registrar.
    • Copy the registrar tag and paste it into the Transfer Out screen in Google Domains.
      Note: It's important to enter the tag correctly.
      The registrar tag is a code recognized by Nominet. Tags are usually based on the name of the company. For example, the registrar tag for Google Domains is "GOOGLE."
  5. Click Transfer and then Accept to confirm you're sure you want to transfer the domain.
  6. Go to your new registrar and follow the transfer procedures there. 
  7. During the transfer process, you’ll receive an email with instructions to confirm the transfer process. You must follow these instructions to complete the transfer. If you don't receive this email within a few days, go to the Nominet website (www.nominet.uk) and follow the transfer instructions. You may be required to pay a fee to transfer through the Nominet site.  

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About transferring out

We don’t want you to leave, but Google Domains makes it easy for you to transfer your domain to another registrar or to another user of Google Domains. Here's an overview of the process to transfer out:

  1. Registrant: (You at Google Domains) On the Settings Settings (gear icon) and Expires  or tabs, prepare the domain for transfer (updates the contact information, unlocks the domain, and gets the authorization code).
  2. New registrant: (At the new registrar's site) Provides the authorization code to the new registrar and pays for an additional year of registration.
  3. New registrar: Provides the authorization code to the registry responsible for the domain.
  4. Registry: Asks Google to confirm that the registrant wants to transfer the domain.
  5. Google: Approves the domain transfer.
  6. New registrar: Informs the registrant that the transfer is completed and may require you to re-enter and verify contact information for your registration, or re-verify existing information.
WHOIS information and transfers

During the transfer-out process, if private registration or redaction is enabled, none of the information for the registrant, administrative, or technical contact will be transferred to the new registrar. For domain names with full WHOIS published, this information may or may not be transferred depending on the new registrar’s processes. 

Upon completion of the transfer, you should re-enter and verify this information with the new registrar. This process may yield a change to registrant, administrative, or technical contact provided for the registration.

Minimizing disruptions

When your transfer is completed, Google Domains services stop (e.g. email forwarding, domain forwarding, name servers, resource records, private registration). This could impact your website and online presence. To minimize any disruptions, please note the following:

  • You may need to contact your web hosting provider and your Domain Name System (DNS) hosting provider
  • You may need to reconfigure your name servers and resource records
  • To continue using any Google products and services with your domain, you need to verify your domain with Google

Next steps

  • If you’re transferring your domain to another account in Google Domains, see transfer a domain
  • To use Google products and services with your domain, please verify your domain
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