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Transferring Registration for a Domain to Amazon Route 53

To transfer the registration for a domain to Amazon Route 53, carefully follow the procedures in this topic.

Important

If you skip a step, your domain might become unavailable on the Internet.

Note the following:

Expiration date

For information about how transferring your domain affects the current expiration date, see How Transferring a Domain to Amazon Route 53 Affects the Expiration Date for Your Domain Registration.

Transfer fee

When you transfer a domain to Amazon Route 53, the transfer fee that we apply to your AWS account depends on the top-level domain, such as .com or .org. For more information, see Amazon Route 53 Pricing.

You can't use AWS credits to pay the fee, if any, for transferring a domain to Amazon Route 53.

Transfer Requirements for Top-Level Domains

Registries for top-level domains (TLDs), such as .com or .org, have requirements for transferring domains. Requirements vary among TLDs, but the following requirements are typical:

  • The domain must have been registered with the current registrar at least 60 days ago.

  • If the registration for a domain name expired and had to be restored, it must have been restored at least 60 days ago.

  • If registration for the domain was transferred, the transfer to the current registrar must have been at least 60 days ago.

  • The domain cannot have any of the following domain name status codes:

    • pendingDelete

    • pendingTransfer

    • redemptionPeriod

    • clientTransferProhibited

  • The registries for some top-level domains don't allow transfers until changes are complete, such as changes to the domain owner.

For a current list of domain name status codes and an explanation of what each code means, go to the website for ICANN, and search for "EPP status codes". (Search on the ICANN website; web searches sometimes return an old version of the document.)

Note

ICANN is the organization that establishes policies governing registration and transfer of domain names.

Step 1: Confirm that Amazon Route 53 Supports the Top-Level Domain

See Domains That You Can Register with Amazon Route 53. If the top-level domain for the domain that you want to transfer is on the list, you can transfer the domain to Amazon Route 53.

If a TLD is not on the list, you can't currently transfer the domain registration to Amazon Route 53. We occasionally add support more TLDs to the list, so check back to see if we've added support for your domain. You can also submit a request for support for your TLD on the Amazon Route 53 Domain Registration forum.

Step 2: Transfer Your DNS Service to Amazon Route 53 or Another DNS Service Provider

If the registrar for your domain is also the DNS service provider for the domain, transfer your DNS service to Amazon Route 53 or another DNS service provider before you continue with the process to transfer the domain registration.

Why transfer DNS first?

Some registrars provide free DNS service when you purchase a domain registration. When you transfer the registration, the previous registrar will not renew your domain registration and might disable DNS service for the domain as soon as they receive a request from Amazon Route 53 to transfer the domain. For more information, see Migrating DNS Service for an Existing Domain to Amazon Route 53.

Important

If the registrar for your domain is also the DNS service provider for the domain and you don't transfer DNS service to another provider, your website, email, and the web applications associated with the domain might become unavailable.

Transferring DNS service when you're using DNSSEC

Amazon Route 53 supports DNSSEC for domain registration but does not support DNSSEC for DNS service. If you want to continue using DNSSEC for the domain that you're transferring, you need to choose a DNS service provider that does support DNSSEC. You can't transfer a domain registration while DNSSEC is configured, so don't configure DNSSEC with the new DNS service provider until after the transfer is complete.

Step 3: Change Settings with the Current Registrar

Using the method provided by your current registrar, perform the following tasks for each domain that you want to transfer:

Confirm that the email for the registrant contact for your domain is up to date

We'll send email to that email address to request authorization for the transfer. You need to click a link in the email to authorize the transfer. If you don't click the link, we must cancel the transfer.

Unlock the domain so it can be transferred

ICANN, the governing body for domain registrations, requires that you unlock your domain before you transfer it.

Disable privacy protection for the domain

To request authorization for the transfer, we send an email to the email address for the registrant contact that is listed in the WHOIS database. If privacy protection is turned on, we can't get your email address.

Note

You can choose whether to re-enable privacy protection when you request the transfer to Amazon Route 53 later in the process. For more information, see Enabling or Disabling Privacy Protection for Contact Information for a Domain.

Confirm that the domain status allows you to transfer the domain

For more information, see Transfer Requirements for Top-Level Domains.

Disable DNSSEC for the domain

If you're transferring DNS service to another provider and you're using DNSSEC, you need to either delete public keys for the domain or configure DNSSEC with the new provider:

  • If you're transferring DNS service to a provider that does not support DNSSEC – Delete public keys for the domain.

  • If you're transferring DNS service to a provider that supports DNSSEC – Configure DNSSEC with the new DNS service provider. You don't need to delete public keys for the domain.

  • If you aren't transferring DNS service – You don't need to delete public keys for the domain.

Get an authorization code

An authorization code from the current registrar authorizes us to request that registration for the domain be transferred to Amazon Route 53. You'll enter this code in the Amazon Route 53 console later in the process.

Some top-level domains have additional requirements:

.co.uk, .me.uk, and .org.uk domains

If you're transferring a .co.uk, .me.uk, or .org.uk domain to Amazon Route 53, you don't need to get an authorization code. Instead, use the method provided by your current domain registrar to update the value of the IPS tag for the domain to GANDI, all uppercase. (An IPS tag is required by Nominet, the registry for .uk domain names.) If your registrar will not change the value of the IPS tag, contact Nominet.

.jp domains

If you're transferring a .jp domain to Amazon Route 53, you don't need to get an authorization code. Instead, use the method provided by your current domain registrar to update the value of the AGNT code to AGNT-1744, all uppercase.

.ru domains

If you're transferring a .ru domain to Amazon Route 53, you don't need to get an authorization code. Instead, use the method provided by RU-Center, the registry for .ru domains, to update the Partner Handle for the domain to 5427/NIC-REG. For more information, see the Registrar's or Registrant's Transfer page on the RU-Center website.

Step 4: Get the Names of Your Name Servers

If you're using Amazon Route 53 as your DNS service or you're continuing to use the existing DNS service, we'll get the names of the name servers for you automatically later in the process. Skip to Step 5: Request the Transfer.

If you want to change the DNS service to a provider other than Amazon Route 53 at the same time that you're transferring the domain to Amazon Route 53, use the procedure provided by the DNS service provider to get the names of the name servers for each domain that you want to transfer.

Important

If the registrar for your domain is also the DNS service provider for the domain, transfer your DNS service to Amazon Route 53 or another DNS service provider before you continue with the process to transfer the domain registration.

If you transfer DNS service at the same time that you transfer domain registration, your website, email, and the web applications associated with the domain might become unavailable. For more information, see Step 2: Transfer Your DNS Service to Amazon Route 53 or Another DNS Service Provider.

Step 5: Request the Transfer

To transfer domain registration from the current registrar to Amazon Route 53, use the Amazon Route 53 console to request the transfer. Amazon Route 53 handles the communication with the current registrar for the domain.

To transfer domain registration to Amazon Route 53 from another registrar

  1. Open the Amazon Route 53 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/route53/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Registered Domains.

  3. Choose Transfer Domain.

  4. Enter the name of the domain for which you want to transfer registration to Amazon Route 53, and choose Check.

  5. If the domain registration is available for transfer, choose Add to cart.

    If the domain registration is not available for transfer, the Amazon Route 53 console lists the reasons. Contact your registrar for information about how to resolve the issues that prevent you from transferring the registration.

  6. If you want to transfer other domain registrations, repeat steps 4 and 5.

  7. When you've added all the domain registrations that you want to transfer, choose Continue.

  8. For each domain name that you want to transfer, enter the applicable values:

    Authorization code

    Enter the authorization code that you got from your current registrar in Step 3: Change Settings with the Current Registrar.

    Name server options

    Choose the applicable option:

    • Continue to use the name servers provided by the current registrar or DNS service – If the current registrar for the domain is currently providing DNS service, we recommend that you transfer DNS service to another DNS service provider before you transfer the domain.

      Important

      Some registrars stop providing DNS service as soon as you request a transfer to another registrar. If the current registrar disables DNS service, your domain will become unavailable on the Internet.

    • Import name servers from a Route 53 hosted zone that has the same name as the domain – When you select this option, the console displays a list of the hosted zones that have the same name as the domain. Choose the hosted zone that you want to use for routing traffic for the domain.

    • Specify new name servers to replace the current registrar's name servers (not recommended) – If you're using a DNS service other than Amazon Route 53 for this domain, type the names of the name servers that you got in Step 4: Get the Names of Your Name Servers.

      Important

      We don't recommend choosing this option because transferring DNS service from one DNS service provider to another can take up to two days. The current registrar might stop providing DNS service as soon as you request a transfer to another registrar. If the current registrar disables DNS service, your domain will become unavailable on the Internet until the change to another DNS service provider takes effect.

    Name servers

    If you chose the option Specify new name servers to replace the current registrar's name servers, type the names of the name servers that you got from the DNS service for the domain in Step 4: Get the Names of Your Name Servers. By default, the Name server fields display the names of the current name servers for the domain.

    Glue records

    If the name of a name server is a subdomain of the domain that you're transferring (such as ns1.example.com in the domain example.com), enter one or more IP addresses for each name server. You can enter addresses in IPv4 or IPv6 format. If a name server has multiple IP addresses, type each address on a separate line.

  9. On the Contact Details for Your n Domains page, enter contact information for the domain registrant, administrator, and technical contact. The values that you enter here are applied to all the domains that you're transferring.

    By default, we use the same information for all three contacts. If you want to enter different information for one or more contacts, change the value of My Registrant, Administrative, and Technical contacts are all the same to No.

    For more information, see Values that You Specify When You Register a Domain.

  10. For some TLDs, we're required to collect additional information. For these TLDs, enter the applicable values after the Postal/Zip Code field.

  11. If the value of Contact Type is Person, choose whether you want to hide your contact information from WHOIS queries. For more information, see Enabling or Disabling Privacy Protection for Contact Information for a Domain.

  12. Choose Continue.

  13. Review the information you entered, read the terms of service, and select the check box to confirm that you've read the terms of service.

  14. Choose Complete Purchase.

    We confirm that the domain is eligible for transfer, and we send an email to the registrant contact for the domain to request authorization to transfer the domain.

    In addition, if you changed the following values, we send you a separate email that asks for your authorization:

    Domain owner

    If you change the owner of the domain, as described in Who Is the Owner of a Domain?, we send email to the registrant contact for the domain.

    Email address for the registrant contact (only for some TLDs)

    For some TLDs, if you change the email address for the registrant contact, we send an email to the old and the new email address for the registrant contact. Someone at both email addresses must follow the instructions in the email to authorize the change.

    Important

    If you get an authorization email at your new email address and you don't have access to the old email address, open a support case. For more information, see Updating the Email Address for a Domain When You Can't Access Email at the Old Address.

    For changes to the domain owner or the email address for the registrant contact, if we don't receive authorization for the change within 3 to 15 days, depending on the top-level domain, we must cancel the request as required by ICANN.

    All email comes from one of the following email addresses.

    TLDs Email Address That Authorization Email Comes From

    .com.au and .net.au

    no-reply@ispapi.net

    The email contains a link to https://approve.domainadmin.com.

    .fr

    nic@nic.fr, if you're changing the registrant contact for a .fr domain name at the same time that you're transferring the domain. (The email is sent both to the current registrant contact and the new registrant contact.)

    All others

    One of the following email addresses:

    • noreply@registrar.amazon.com

    • noreply@domainnameverification.net

    To determine who the registrar is for your TLD, see Domains That You Can Register with Amazon Route 53.

Step 6: Click the Link in the Authorization Email

Soon after you request the transfer, we send an email to the registrant contact for the domain to get authorization for the transfer:

  • If you're the registrant contact for the domain, follow the instructions in the email to authorize the transfer.

  • If someone else is the registrant contact, ask that person to follow the instructions in the email to authorize the transfer.

Important

We wait up to five days for the registrant contact to authorize the transfer. If the registrant contact doesn't respond within five days, we cancel the transfer operation and send an email to the registrant contact about the cancellation.

If the registrant contact authorizes the transfer, we start to work with your current registrar to transfer your domain. This step might take up to ten days, depending on the TLD for your domain:

If your current registrar doesn't reply to our transfer request, which is common among registrars, the transfer happens automatically. If your current registrar rejects the transfer request, we send an email notification to the current registrant contact. The registrant needs to contact the current registrar and resolve the issues with the transfer.

When your domain transfer has been approved, we send another email to the registrant contact. For more information about the process, see Viewing the Status of a Domain Transfer.

We charge your AWS account for the domain transfer as soon as the transfer is complete. For a list of charges by TLD, see Amazon Route 53 Pricing for Domain Registration.

Note

This is a one-time charge, so the charge doesn't appear in your CloudWatch billing metrics. For more information about CloudWatch metrics, see Using Amazon CloudWatch Metrics in the Amazon CloudWatch User Guide.

Step 7: Update the Domain Configuration

After the transfer is complete, you can optionally change the following settings:

Transfer lock

To transfer the domain to Amazon Route 53, you had to disable the transfer lock. If you want to re-enable the lock to prevent unauthorized transfers, see Locking a Domain to Prevent Unauthorized Transfer to Another Registrar.

Automatic renewal

We configure the transferred domain to automatically renew as the expiration date approaches. For information about how to change this setting, see Enabling or Disabling Automatic Renewal for a Domain.

Extended registration period

By default, Amazon Route 53 renews the domain annually. If you want to register the domain for a longer period, see Extending the Registration Period for a Domain.

DNSSEC

For information about configuring DNSSEC for the domain, see Configuring DNSSEC for a Domain.