Transfer Domain Registration Checklist

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Before you start perform a WHOIS search on the domain name you wish to transfer by clicking on

Preliminary step for GTLD* DOMAINS e.g .com/.net/.org/.info/.biz

Ensure the domain name is not within 60 days of the initial registration or a previous registrar transfer

GTLD Domain names cannot be transferred within the first 60 days of being registered, or within 60 days of being transferred from another registrar.

Some registrars have security measures in place where they will not allow the transfer of a domain name within 60 days of the registrant information being updated.

You will need to check with your existing registrar for further information to see if this applies to your domain.

* GTLD is the most common category of domain names – Generic Top-Level Domains.

4 Steps to Transfer Domain Registration to Oceania

(see form in downloadable PDF)

  1. Confirm the domain name is in ACTIVE / OK status

To successfully transfer a domain, it must have its status set to “ACTIVE”. If the status is “locked”, you will need to have the domain un-locked through your existing registrar.

Also, if your domain’s status is “ON HOLD” (e.g. non-payment or dispute) or “REDEMPTION PERIOD” you will not be able to transfer the domain.

Oceania recommends submitting your domain name transfer order at least 7 days before an expiration date. If the domain name expires during the transfer process, the DNS will stop working, therefore any website and or email service you have for this domain will not work until the transfer has been completed.

  1. Administrative contact’s email address is correct, up to date, and you can access messages sent to it

The Administrative WHOIS contact for your domain must authorise transfers.

During a transfer, an “Authorization for Registrar Transfer” email is sent to the administrative email address.

Check your WHOIS report to ensure that the Administrative Contact email address is one you have access to – if this address is inaccurate or inaccessible, update it with your existing registrar before submitting a domain transfer request.

If you do not respond to the “Authorization for Registrar Transfer” email, your domain cannot be transferred.

  1. Obtain the domain authorisation code (EPP Password) from current registrar

Registries require an Authorisation Code (also sometimes called AUTH CODE, AUTHINFO, AUTH or EPP Code) to approve domain name transfers.

Obtain this code from your current registrar before submitting a domain transfer; otherwise your domain will not be able to be transferred.

You may need to enter the EPP code in at the time you respond to the “Authorization for Registrar Transfer” email (which is sent to the administrative WHOIS contact for your domain).

  1. Credit card details are valid for renewal of domain.

Once you have completed the above steps, you will be able to submit a transfer request to transfer the registration using the Oceania MEMBERS AREA ( Payment for transfers is required when you make your order and is the equivalent of a single year’s renewal which extends the current term by one year automatically. This applies only to gtld domains. There is no cost to transfer a DOT com DOT au domain name until expiry date falls due.

Domain Name Transfer Duration

The time it takes to transfer a domain is dependent upon the type of domain name and can be delayed by time taken for Registrant to authorise the transfer of the domain. Please see the table below for a rough guideline:

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Please complete the PDF and send to us if you would like us to manually arrange the transfer on your behalf.


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