There are clear steps you will need to take in planning your domain when changing a domain registration from one registrar to another. It is easy to move a domain name, and the instructions on how to do it can be found below. Please note that specifications for ccTLD can vary (for example .UK and .ES).
More information on the transition process and how to switch from a particular registrar can be found by visiting our section on Transfer to Namecheap.
Please log in to your account and click the banner below if your domain is unlocked and you have everything you need to get started. Alternatively, please continue reading this article if you need more guidance on the transition process.
If your domain has expired and you have renewed it with your old registrar, please do not move it within 45 days of the previous expiry date. Otherwise, because losing the registrar revokes renewal in such situations, an additional year will not be added to the domain name. And you will forfeit the renewal fees that were paid by the old registrar.
If your domain is guided to your host’s custom DNS servers, your website will experience no downtime (hosting or private nameservers). If your domain is using the current registrar’s default DNS servers, please read this support article to minimise downtime during transition (optional).
Additionally, be mindful that it would not be possible to update the domain name servers once a domain transfer is initiated. Be sure to do so before the transfer begins if you need to make some immediate DNS changes. Otherwise, you will only be able to do so upon the completion of the move.
Steps for transferring the domain to Namecheap:
1. Check the eligibility of the domain name for transfer.
Log in to your current registrar to make sure your domain name can be transferred, and confirm the following:
- The domain name was originally registered at least 60 days ago and the domain was registered with your new registrar at least 60 days ago:
Domains that are less than 60 days old or have been transferred between registrars within the last 60 days cannot be transferred according to the ICANN Policy on the Transfer of Registrations between Registrars. Before transferring, please wait at least 60 days.
- For the registered registrar, the domain name is not on hold.
2. Plan for the transition of your domain:
- Delete the registrar lock that you might have set for added security; Unlock your domain
- Get the Auth/EPP code from an established registrar
All .com, .net, .org, .us, .biz, .info, .me, .co, .io, .ca, .tv, .in, .mobi, .cc, .pe, .com.pe, .net.pe, .org.pe, .tech, .top, .party, .loan, .faith and other new gTLD domains require the Auth/EPP codes. If you are unable to apply for an EPP code in your registrar’s account, please contact them and ask them to supply you with it.
3. Send your transfer through your account at Namecheap:
- Select Domains from the top menu once you have signed in and select Transfer
- Enter a domain name for you, then press ‘Transfer
- Check if the domain is completely ready for transfer on the next page and enter the Auth code in the respective field
- Click the black button ‘Add to Cart’ and then click the red button ‘View Cart’ on the right side of the screen.
- Enter it in the ‘Promo Code’ section if you have a coupon code, then press ‘Apply.
- Tap on ‘Confirm Order’ and continue with the checkout process.
The transition is initiated at the Registry shortly after order submission, and the domain obtains ‘pendingTransfer’ status. Within 5 days, transfers that have reached this stage are automatically confirmed. Finally, it will take the registry an additional 24-48 hours to complete the switch. You will find in your account the domains you are passing to us. Go to the Domain List, then pick Filters -> Switch Pending.
Avoiding future complications with payments during a promotion.
Your domain name transfer should be processed within just a few days if you follow the steps above. However, we suggest you take a few extra moments to review your payment options if you are planning for a promotion. The information below will help you easily, within the special, and without errors, get the transfer started.
Inside your account, have sufficient funds
Make sure your payment method doesn’t give you any problems for the best chance of getting into a promotion, particularly one that has a time or use limit. The best possible choice is to have the funds in your account. At any time, you can add funds to your account. This will allow you, when completing your transaction, to circumvent any third-party payment systems or bank errors on credit cards. To add funds to your account, log in and press Top-Up on the Dashboard page next to Account Balance. For each com and net domain, do not forget to add an extra $0.18 ICANN fee.
Under your account settings, have a credit card saved
We recommend that you have a saved credit card in your account settings, if you choose not to add funds to your account. On the Checkout Settings tab, you can do this.
More background on the planning of the domain & what may cause a move to fail.
There are a few factors that can cause a transition of a domain to fail. You have excluded the bulk of these possibilities if you have followed the planning steps. The following details will help you to understand why you are going to take each of these steps:
The domain is not more than 60 days old or has been transferred within 60 days of being transferred.A domain that has been newly registered or moved from one registrar to another within the last 60 days is not liable for transfer, according to ICANN regulations.
The domain with the current registrar is locked or on hold.
For added protection, most domains will have a Registrar Lock in place. We suggest that you keep these in place if you do not move a domain from one registrar to another. To uninstall these directly inside your account at your registrar, you should have permission. Contact their support department for assistance if you do not;
When you do a WHOIS lookup, if the domain has a hold in place, it will be reflected in the domain status. Typically, these are placed in effect at the level of either the register or the registrar. In order to delete these, you will not have direct access and will need to contact the losing Registrar for assistance in removing them.