How can I transfer an expired domain from GoDaddy?

If your domain has expired, it is possible to transfer it if the following conditions are met:
  • The domain has to be unlocked for transfer;
  • You have Auth/EPP code for the domain;
  • The domain should be within the reactivation grace period at GoDaddy;
  • The Whois Privacy Protection should be disabled.
GoDaddy has a non-guaranteed 18-day grace period for most gTLDs  (e.g. for .COM, .NET, .ORG etc.). After the grace period for these extensions, the domain is dropped in the 'redemption' period, and you cannot transfer it: you will need to recover the domain with GoDaddy. Only after the domain is renewed with them can you initiate the transfer.

For some domain name extensions, primarily country code (ccTLD) extensions, there is no grace period. They go to the 'redemption' period immediately after expiration.

Important: If your domain expired with GoDaddy and you renewed it with them, then we suggest you not to transfer it within 45 days of the previous expiry date since GoDaddy may revoke the renewal year in this case. If you have initiated the transfer within 45 days after such renewal, and if the transfer is already completed, you should check with GoDaddy regarding a possible refund. However, we would like to warn you that not all registrars make refunds to customers in such cases.

If your expired domain is within the grace period, you can still obtain the Auth/EPP code and unlock it for transfer (if needed).

Note: If the Administrative contact email address listed for your expired domain is inaccessible or is invalid, you cannot change it as contact information for expired domains cannot be changed. So the transfer will not be successful in this case.

If the Administrative contact email address is valid and is accessible, please proceed by following the steps below.

1. To unlock an expired domain name, please perform the following actions:

  • Log in to your GoDaddy account;
  • Next to Domains, click Manage All;
  • Select the domain(s) to unlock and click the Off radio button next to Lock.

  • Note: This may take up to 1 hour for the changes to take effect.

    2. To receive the Auth/EPP code for an expired domain name, you need to:

  • Log in to your GoDaddy account;
  • Next to Domains, click Manage All;
  • Click on the domain(s) to get to the Domain Settings page;
  • Scroll down to the Additional Settings section and select Get authorization code. The authorization code will be sent to the admin email address for the domain name.
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