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How Long Does it Take to Transfer a Domain Name?

How long does it take to transfer a domain name from one domain name registrar to a second domain name registrar? That is is the question this article documents from a recent transfer from Yahoo Domains to Moniker. If you’re too busy to read the details below, the answer is 5.5 days. Note: This article does not document a domain push, which can happen within a few hours if a domain name is transferred from one account to another account at the same registrar.


Sunday, January 16, 2011 10:47 PM


I began the process of transferring a friend’s domain name from Yahoo Domains by unlocking the domain name. I then signed into her Moniker account and used the domain name and authorization code to request the transfer, for which I paid a year’s worth of registration (the transfer is free, but they charge you for an extra year of registration).

Moniker sent my friend an email confirming transfer. However, I didn’t receive it because Yahoo Domains used an incorrect email address for my friend’s domain name registration, even though she specified her updated email address. Ah, computers…gotta love them.

Domain Name Transfer Request Authorization Email


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM


After realizing the wrong email address was on file at Yahoo Domains, I changed it, emailed Moniker support, and asked for the confirmation email to be sent again. Moniker support did so relatively fast — it took exactly 25 hours for Moniker support to respond to my technical support ticket. At this point I received the transfer authorization request. I immediately clicked on the “Click here to Authorize this Transfer Request” link.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:13 PM


I asked Moniker support how much longer it would take to transfer the domain name.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:31 AM


16 hours later I received Moniker’s email response: “This transfer is schedule to be completed on January 27, 2011 at 2am eastern time.”

So, on January 26, 2011 at 11PM Pacific, I should see the domain name available in my control panel. I’ll let you know how it went in the comments.


Total Elapsed Time (Minus Email Address Snafu) = 5.5 days


Calculated from January 26, 2011 11PM minus January 21, 2011 11:12AM.

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4 Responses to “How Long Does it Take to Transfer a Domain Name?”

  1. mintu singh says:

    how much time required to transfer domain name from godaddy

  2. Ellyn Cueva says:

    Couldn’t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  3. brett says:

    Awesome info — seriously appreciate the “bottom line up-front”!

    Do you know if the timeline is the same length going from, say, GoDaddy to Yahoo or Cheapnames to GoDaddy?

    Thanks!

  4. 11:05: still “transfer pending”
    11:10: still “transfer pending”
    11:15: transferred and in my account! :)

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