Authorization key required for .COM & .NET transfers.
In order to provide additional security, new rules for domain name transfers come into force as of 28th October 2006. From that date transfers of .com and .net domains will require a transfer authorization key (EPP) for each name being transferred.
The initial procedure for transferring domains remains the same:
– Transfer verification needs to be made to the gaining registrar by the domain’s registrant or administrative contact. As the verification procedure is usually done by email, it’s important that the email address in the WHOIS database is up to date and that there are no spam filters attached.
– The domain must have been registered or renewed more than 60 days ago.
– Domain must be in “ACTIVE or OK” status. Expired domains cannot be transferred.
– If a domain is transferred between registrars, ICANN’s Transfer Policy states that no re-transfer of the domain is permitted for 60 days after completion of the transfer. There are exceptions in case of a dispute or legal proceedings.
Then, as from 28th October 28, all transfers will additionally need the “transfer authorization key” or “EPP key” for each domain name being transferred. The domain owner needs to obtain the key from the losing registrar.