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Transfer domain names from directNIC or Intercosmos to eNom

Overview

This page takes you step by step through the procedure for transferring a domain away from directNIC or Intercosmos and into an account at eNom.

The transfer process involves the tasks that are described below. Following the transfer tasks, we provide information about tracking the progress of the transfer, and ICANN rules regarding rejections.


Transfer Task 1: Verify that the domain name is eligible for transfer

To make sure your domain name can be transferred, check the following:

  • The domain name has been registered for at least 60 days, and has been at directNIC or Intercosmos for at least 60 days.
  • The domain name is not in "client update prohibited" status.

Transfer Task 2: Confirm contact information

Before you can transfer a domain, the Registrant and Administrative contact information must be up-to-date at directNIC or Intercosmos, because it is these contacts who receive the transfer request and okay the transfer.

To update these contacts at directNIC or Intercosmos:

  1. Log on to your account at directnic.com.
  2. Click "Domain Manager".
  3. In the row of the domain you want to transfer, click the "Change Contact Information" icon.
  4. If the Registrant or Administrative contact information is incorrect (especially email addresses), open the dropdown menu and select the contact type.
  5. Type in the correct contact information.
  6. Click "Modify".

Transfer Task 3: Obtain the authorization code

Some TLDs require that you provide an authorization code for your domain name, to provide an extra level of assurance that the transfer request comes from an authorized source.

To transfer a .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .name, .cn, .tw, .cc, or .in domain name, obtain the authorization code from directNIC or Intercosmos

  1. Log on to your account at directnic.com.
  2. Click "Domain Manager".
  3. Click the domain name you want to transfer.
  4. The authinfo code is displayed in the "Details" section of the page. Copy and store it to supply in the transfer request at eNom.

Transfers of TLDs other than those named above do not require any codes or tags.


Transfer Task 4: Unlock the domain

Before you can transfer a domain away from directNIC or Intercosmos, the domain must be unlocked. Locking is a feature most registrars offer to prevent unauthorized transfers (hijacking) of domains.

To unlock:

  1. Log on to your account at directnic.com.
  2. On the "Customer Settings" menu, select "Set Transfer Security", and then click "Change Security Settings for Individual Domains".
  3. If the domain you want to transfer is locked, select it and submit the transfer status change.

Transfer Task 5: Transfer the domain name to eNom

Once you have prepared the domain name at directNIC or Intercosmos, you're ready to transfer to eNom.

To transfer your domain name to eNom:

  1. Log on to your eNom account.
  2. Navigate to "DOMAINS" > "transfer a domain name".
  3. Select a transfer method ("Autoverification" or "Fax", see Notes below) and click "Next".
  4. List the domain names you want to transfer, one per line. Each line should include the domain name, comma, space, and then the authorization code. Separate each line using the "Enter" key:
    FirstDomainName.com, 11111111
    SecondDomainName.com, 22222222
    ...

  5. Set the "Registrar Lock", "Auto-Renew", "Whois", and "Password" options as you wish.
  6. Click "next".
  7. For Fax transfers, fill in the contact information and click "next".
  8. Click "submit".
  9. When the domain name contacts receive email from eNom asking them to approve the transfer, do so by following the instructions in the email.

Note: To decide whether to use the Auto Verification or Fax transfer method, weigh the following considerations:

  • Auto verification involves approving one domain per approval email; Fax involves assembling and faxing identity verification and a list of domains to transfer.
  • Auto verification is generally easier for transferring small numbers of domains (a dozen or so; more if you donít have convenient access to a fax machine); Fax is easier for transferring larger numbers of domains.
  • Auto verification allows you to transfer domains with different Registrant and Admin contacts; Fax method requires the same Registrant and Admin contact information for all domains listed in the request.
  • If you plan to transfer a large number of domains, but in separate requests, ask eNomís transfer specialists to keep your proof of identity on file so you donít have to resubmit it with every transfer request.
  • Auto verification is the easiest method if you are transferring from a registrar that does not list Registrant or Administrative email addresses.
  • For .uk and .ca names, always use the Auto verification method.

Tracking: Interpreting status messages

After you submit a transfer request, status messages help you track progress and correct any problems that arise.

If Your Transfer Is Rejected: ICANN rules regarding transfer rejections

If your transfer is rejected, reviewing ICANN transfer rules may help you correct the reasons for rejection.

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