Transfer Statuses

Transfer status Description
Awaiting authorization code The transfer was not initiated as no authorization code was provided.


Contact the losing registrar to obtain an authorization code for your domain and enter it in your Domain List (with All Products view enabled) using the Authorize Transfer option.
Transfer will begin shortly Transfer is being initiated at the Registry.


No action required at this stage.
Awaiting release from previous registrar Domain is in the process of being transferred to Namecheap. The transfer has been approved and the losing registrar is in the process of releasing the domain.This stage takes up to 5-7 days from the moment the transfer has been initiated at the Regisry.


No actions required; the transfer will be completed within 5-6 days automatically, unless the losing registrar rejects the request.

Additionally, if you wish to speed up the process, you may contact the losing registrar and ask them to release the domain for a transfer out sooner than the standard 5 days.

Specifically for .UK domains:

Verifying expiration date This status means that our system is temporarily unable to retrieve the expiration date of the domain from WHOIS automatically. Normally, this status gets updated within 1-2 hours.
Change the IPS Tag to NAMECHEAP-INC with your current registrar This status means that an IPS tag is yet to be updated for the .UK domain. If it is not changed to NAMECHEAP-INC within the next 7 days after transfer initiation, the transfer will automatically fail.
Registrar update is in progress This status means that the .UK domain transfer reached its final stage and awaiting release by its losing registrar which should normally be completed within 24 hours


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