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