What should I do to transfer a domain to Namecheap?
Domain transfers can take anywhere from 3 to 8 days to complete. You need to assure that the following applies to the domain:
- The domain must be registered or transferred between registrars more than 60 days ago
- The domain has been "Unlocked" for transfer at the current registrar (domain status should be OK or Active)
- The domain is showing your current e-mail for the admin contact in the whois as that is where the authorization email will be sent to. Please make sure you disable privacy protection for your domain, otherwise the transfer may fail due to the fact that the contact information is protected in Whois
- The domain is not expired
You should submit a transfer request for the domain from within your Namecheap account by going to Domains ->Transfer a Domain section. After the transfer is requested you will need to acquire the EPP (authorization) code from the current registrar (if it's needed) and enter it in the account under Transfers in Progress. Once the code is entered then the process begins. You will also receive a transfer-approval email to the listed administrative contact for the domain. This email comes from firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the transfer is confirmed the losing registrar has 5 days to release the domain. If everything is okay, the domain is released and added to your account.
NOTE: The transfer process may incur some downtime. In order to minimize it, please check the following article.
You can also take a look at our video tutorial on how to initiate a domain transfer.