Whether you sold a domain name, bought a domain as a gift, or want to change domain ownership to someone else in your organization, there are many reasons why you may need to transfer ownership of a domain name. Thankfully, this process is not too difficult; you’ll just need to ensure that you follow all the necessary steps properly.
Here’s how to transfer a domain name to another person:
Transferring from one registrar to another
The exact steps you’ll need to take will vary depending on which registrar your domain is currently registered with and where the domain is being transferred to, but it will consist of these essential steps:
1. Disable WHOIS/domain privacy
The new registrar will need to verify who owns the domain name — which won’t be possible if you have WHOIS privacy enabled — so make sure that privacy has been switched off.
2. Ensure admin email is up-to-date
Double-check that the domain’s current registrar has the most up-to-date administrative email address so they’ll be able to contact its owner during the transfer process. Note that changing this field can result in a 60 day transfer lock on the domain (to prevent fraudulent activity), so having an outdated admin email could delay the transfer process.
3. Unlock the domain
The domain likely has a transfer lock applied to prevent unwanted or accidental transferring of the domain. In this case, it will need to be unlocked.
4. Get the transfer authorization code
This is like a password that, in theory, should only be accessible by the true owner of a domain name. Some registrars may use a different term, like ‘EPP key,’ ‘secret code’ or ‘auth code.’
5. Request a domain transfer
Have the new domain owner request a domain transfer. This will typically involve purchasing an additional year of registration, which will begin once all the remaining time on the domain name is used up. The authorization code from step 4 will be needed in order to request a transfer.
6. Approve transfer request email
When the new domain owner requests a transfer, the email address on file for the current domain’s owner will be emailed (this is why it’s important not to skip step 2). Simply approve this request and the transfer process will begin.
Transferring from one Hover account to another
To transfer ownership of a domain name between two Hover accounts, the process is a lot more straightforward:
1. Contact Hover
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-731-6556 and let us know that you’d like to transfer your domain.
2. Obtain a one-time PIN
We’ll email you a unique PIN to the primary email contact within your Hover account.
3. Provide Hover with your PIN
Contact us and verify the PIN that we sent you.
4. Tell us the account you’d like to transfer the domain to
If the domain’s new owner already has a Hover account, we can verify that account by sending another unique PIN to the primary email address in that account. If the new owner does not have a Hover account, we can create a new one for them.
By following the above steps, transferring your domain name should be smooth sailing. Best of luck!