Domains, Upgrades

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. Once you have transferred a domain away, it will not be possible to transfer it back to WordPress.com.

Note: It is only possible to transfer a domain 60 days after the registration date. This 60 day lock is required by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and cannot be waived. More info here.

Preparing the Domain Transfer

Log in with the account used to purchase the domain, then you can manage your domain from Domain Management. Select your site if you have more than one (also found from the Domains tab in your My Site menu).

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Select the domain you want to transfer from the list, and you will see its information, settings, and options:

Image of the domain's options page

Select Transfer Domain, and you will see a message explaining that your domain first needs to be unlocked. Click Update Settings and Continue.

Image of the option to unlock domain for transfer

The next page will confirm that you have been sent a transfer code (also known as an EPP code) via email.

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Shortly thereafter, you will receive an email with a transfer code (listed next to Authorization Info). To complete your domain transfer, send the code following Authorization Info it to your new registrar. This unique code allows your  current registrar to release your domain to your new registrar for registration.

 

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

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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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If You Wish to Cancel Your Domain Transfer

Return to Transfer Domain, and click Cancel Transfer. You will see a message confirming that your domain is now locked. If you have Privacy Protection on your domain, it will be reenabled.

Image of message confirming domain transfer has been cancelled

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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.

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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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