If your domain name (and email addresses) were set up by a Hosting company that will no longer manage it once you cancel your hosting account then you will need to transfer to an Independent Registrar. A domain transfer is called a Transfer of Registrar and means you will pay the yearly domain registration fee to your Registrar (typically under $20/year). A Transfer of Registrar takes about 7-10 days (after the transfer request is approved by the current owner of the domain). In order to transfer your domain name smoothly it is vital that you ask the Hosting company or Registrar that you are leaving (transferring away from) to:

  • provide the Authorization or EPP code for the domain

  • unlock the domain

This will ensure that the new Registrar will have the permissions needed to move the domain and follow through on your transfer request. When a domain transfer is initiated emails will be sent to the Registrant and the Administrative contact for the domain requesting they approve the process. It is vital that they do so. In order to facilitate this speak to these contacts and get their assurance that they will approve the transfer (or ask to have your contact information used as the Administrative contact). Once the transfer