Go Daddy can accept transfers from any registrar, and the transfers can often be completed in as little as five days or less. Some transfers may take up to seven days to complete. To transfer a domain from Register.com to Go Daddy, you will need to be aware of the following information about the domain:
If you do not have the above information on hand, you can obtain it from Register.com.
Note: A domain transfer cannot succeed unless the domain name is unlocked, the administrative e-mail address is valid, and the correct authorization code is provided (for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us., .name, and .info domains).
Unlocking the Domain
By default, all domains registered with Register.com are placed under DOMAIN LOCK protection. Domain locking serves to prevent unauthorized transfers of your domain. Before Godaddy can send a domain transfer request, the lock must be removed at Register.com and the registry status verified as "Active".
How to Unlock a Domain at Register.com
You can then initiate the domain transfer through Godaddy, but it may take up to 24 hours before Go Daddy's system recognizes the status change to unlocked.
Domain Administrative Contact
The administrative contact is one of the four contacts listed in the Whois database for a registered domain. The contact information is defined by the registrant when the domain was initially purchased through Register.com.
As part of the domain transfer process, Go Daddy will send a transfer-approval e-mail message to the domain's administrative contact listed in the Whois database. The e-mail message will contain the Transaction ID and Security Code that enable the administrative contact to approve the transfer. The Transaction ID and Security Code will be generated when the transfer request is made through Godaddy and you have paid the new registration fee.
If you have just removed the lock from a domain registered with Register.com (using the "unlock" procedure as described above), 24 hours should elapse before the administrative contact responds to the transfer approval e-mail message from Godaddy, as it can take up to 24 hours before Go Daddy recognizes changes to the domain's Whois information. Any attempt to respond to the transfer approval message before the status change has been completed will result in a transfer failure. You will receive an instant e-mail notification of the failed transfer.
Changing the Domain Administrative Contact
If you need to alter the contact information for your domain's administrative contact, follow these steps:
The updated contact information displays. Note that it may take up to 24 hours for the changes to take effect.
In order to transfer a .com, .net, .biz, .info, .name, . org, or .us domain name you will need an authorization code. An authorization code is a unique code assigned by registrars to .com, .net, .biz, .us, .info, .name, and .org domain names at the time of registration. To obtain the authorization code for your domain, contact Register.com at one of the following numbers:
Assuming that the above issues are in order, the domain transfer to Godaddy proceeds like this:
Should the domain transfer fail, Go Daddy will notify you via e-mail. You may resubmit your transfer request if the transfer fails. However, to ensure that the information listed in your transfer request remains valid, you will have only 30 days from the time of your purchase to complete the transfer at Go Daddy.
Orangetree Internet Service LLC, located in Santa Cruz, CA., provides technical assistance to small and medium sized businesses with Domain Registration Services, including domain portfolio management. Contact us at 830-212-1884 for more information.
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