Transferring your domain name
Your domain name's registration is looked after by a registrar, who deals with SIDN for you. You can transfer your domain name to another registrar whenever you like. The timing will depend on any agreements you have made with your registrar – the length of your contract, for example. The procedure for changing your registrar is described below.
Choose a new registrar
First, you need to select a new registrar. When looking around, you may find it useful to refer to our
Does your domain name have
security? If it does, and if you want to keep the extra security, make sure you choose a new registrar that supports DNSSEC and tell your new registrar that you want the protection to remain effective during the transfer.
Ask your existing registrar for your transfer token
To get your domain name transferred, you need the token (unique ID number) for your domain name. Your existing registrar has the token and is obliged to give it to you within five days, if you ask for it. The exact procedure for getting the token differs from one registrar to another, so you need to check with your registrar.
Your transfer is likely to go more smoothly if, when asking for your transfer token, you tell your existing registrar the name of your new registrar and the proposed transfer date.
Ask your new registrar to arrange the transfer
Next, you need to ask the new registrar to arrange for your domain name to be transferred. Your new registrar will need the token that you have obtained from your old registrar.
SIDN confirms the transfer
Your new registrar will arrange the transfer of your domain name with SIDN. Provided that the transfer request is in order, the domain name is immediately transferred. We will then send confirmation to your administrative contact’s registered e-mail address. Both your old registrar and your new registrar receive confirmations as well.
Contact your registrar.