Transfer a domain to another registrar

If you're transferring a domain to another account in Google Domains, learn how to transfer a domain between accounts.

For .CO.UK domains, go to Transfer .CO.UK domains to another registrar

Important: Domain transfers can take 5–7 days to complete.

Transfer restrictions

Before you begin the transfer out process, 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. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) guidelines mandates this waiting period.
  • Transfer of .jp domains isn’t available 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 another 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 can’t transfer your domain until you resolve the matter.

Prepare your domain for transfer out

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

Step 1: Select the domain you want to transfer

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Click the name of the domain you want to transfer.

Step 2: Prepare your domain for transfer

  1. In the top left, click Menu Menu and then Registration settings.
  2. Under "Domain lock," make sure your domain is unlocked.
  3. Under "Transfer out," click Get authorization code.
  4. Select To a different domain registrar and click Continue, then sign in if necessary.
  5. Copy the authorization code and provide it to your new registrar.

Step 3: Authorize the transfer of your domain

You may have to re-enter and verify the contact information for your registration or verify existing information. This process may make a change to the registrant, administrative, or technical contact provided for the registration. Learn more about transferring out.

Transfer .CO.UK domains to another registrar

.CO.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. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Click the name of the domain you want to transfer.
  3. In the top left, click Menu Menu and then Registration settings.
  4. Under "Transfer out," click Choose registrar.
  5. Select To a different domain registrar​ and click Continue, then sign in if necessary.
  6. 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.
    • 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."
  7. Click Transfer and then Accept to confirm you want to transfer the domain.
  8. Go to your new registrar and follow the transfer procedures there.
  9. During the transfer process, you’ll receive an email with instructions to confirm the transfer process. 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. 

Tips for transferring a domain out

Know the different roles

  • Registrant: (You at Google Domains) On Registration settings Registration settings, prepare the domain for transfer (updates the contact information, unlocks the domain, and gets the authorization code).
  • New registrant: (At the new registrar's site) Provides the authorization code to the new registrar and pays for another year of registration.
  • New registrar: Provides the authorization code to the registry responsible for the domain.
  • Registry: Asks Google to confirm that the registrant wants to transfer the domain.
  • Google: Approves the domain transfer. Google sends a transfer confirmation email to the registrant for approval. 
  • New registrar: Informs the registrant that the transfer is complete. You may have to re-enter and verify the contact information for your registration or re-verify existing information.

Understand WHOIS information and transfers

During the transfer-out process, if private registration or redaction is turned on, 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.

Minimize disruptions

When your transfer is complete, Google Domains’ services stop. (Examples of Google Domains’ services: email forwarding, domain forwarding, name servers, resource records, private registration.) This stoppage could impact your website and online presence. To minimize any disruptions, note the following:
  • You may need to contact your web hosting provider and your Domain Name System (DNS) hosting provider.
  • If you’re using the Google Domains’ name servers, reconfigure your name servers and resource records with your new registrar.
  • To continue using any Google products and services with your domain, you need to verify your domain with Google.
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