What should I do to transfer a domain to Namecheap?

Domain transfers can take anywhere from 3 to 8 days to complete. However, the exact time-frame depends on the domain extension and your current registrar. 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/private registration 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 section. After the transfer is requested you will need enter the EPP/ Authorization code acquired from your current registrar in your Namecheap account: once signed in your account, you need to click on your username - it will be on the black bar located at the top of the page, select Manage Transfers, click on your domain and enter the EPP code. 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 info@transfer-approval.com. Once the transfer is confirmed the losing registrar has 5 days to release the domain. But you may contact your registrar and ask whether they can release the domain sooner. 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.

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