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Domains »Transfer a Domain to Another Registrar

There are a few different methods for using a domain registered through WordPress.com with a different host. This article walks you through transferring your domain registration to another registrar.

Please note transferring a domain is only possible if it’s been more than 60 days since the domain was registered.

Preparing the Domain Transfer

You can manage your domain from My Domains, by clicking the Edit button next to it and then Transfer Domain. If you have more than one site, select the site with the domain you wish to transfer using the drop-down menu.

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You will need to disable the Domain Lock and Private Registration to prepare your domain for transfer, and then click Request Transfer Code.

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To transfer a domain from one registrar to another, you need to generate an authorization and send it to the new registrar. With this unique code, the old registrar will allow the new registrar to take over the domain registration.

We will send an authorization code (also known as EPP code) to the email address on file for your domain. Use this code to authorize and initiate the transfer on your new registrar’s site.

Example domain transfer code email

Example domain transfer code email

If you didn’t receive the email, make sure you the email on file for your domain is correct. You can send the code again from Transfer Domain by clicking Email Transfer Code.

Note: For domains ending in .nl, .com.br and .net.br, we need to request authorization codes directly from the domain registry. For .nl, codes are typically sent within a week. For .com.br and .net.br, they are sent within 72 hours.

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Starting the Transfer With Your new Registrar

Once you have the transfer code, head to your new registrar’s site and start the transfer.

Here are instructions provided by some popular domain registrars:

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Completing the transfer

Once you initiate the transfer, there is a waiting period of five days. During this period, you will receive an email to confirm or cancel the transfer. After confirmation, the domain will be transferred within five days.

You can bypass the five-day waiting period by going to My Domains, and clicking Edit. Select Transfer Domain, and then Accept Transfer. This will initiate the transfer immediately.

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More Information

I have an email address on my domain. What will happen to my email?
Your email address will stop working after the transfer. Contact your email provider and your new registrar for information on how to reconfigure your email.

Make sure you have a different address on file for your WordPress.com account and domain information. Otherwise, we may not be able to contact you in case you need help.

I can’t receive the authorization code email because that email address is no longer valid.
See these instructions for updating the contact information for your domain.

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