How to transfer a domain to Porkbun (generic)

So, you’ve got a domain at another registrar that you want to transfer to Porkbun. Let’s do it!

Before proceeding, if you're transferring a domain to us from GoDaddy, check out our article "How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Porkbun" for more-specific instructions.

Potential showstoppers

Before we start, answer the following questions:

Was your domain first registered 60 or more days ago? If so, great! If not, you’ll need to wait until the 60 day mark before transferring it to Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with your old registrar for at least 60 days? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another.

Did your domain expire recently, or is it about to expire? Depending on your registrar, transfers out of expired domains may not be permitted. Additionally, if you renew an already-expired domain at your old registrar, then transfer the domain to Porkbun within 45 days, your registration may not be extended for an additional year. For more information, check out our guide "If I transfer a domain to Porkbun, will I lose any existing months or years of registration?"

Transfer steps

Make sure that your contact info at your old registrar is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your domain contact info at your old registrar. Specifically, the email address associated with your administrative contact must be correct in order for your domain transfer to go through.

⚠️️ Warning

If your email address is out-of-date, update it. However, if you change your Organization name (or your First or Last name if there is no organization listed), some registrars prohibit transfers out for an additional 60 days.

Unlock your domain at your old registrar.
Turn off WHOIS Privacy service for your domain at your old registrar. This service is sometimes called "private registration" or "protected registration."
Grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) from your old registrar. This key is a one-use password that allows you to transfer your domain to another registrar, in this case Porkbun.
Initiate the transfer at

Type in your domain to be transferred under Domain Name, then copy the authorization code from your old registrar and paste it into the Auth Code field. Hit Submit.

The transfer or transfers will be added to your cart. From Your Cart, click "Continue to Billing" to pay for your transfers. Once you’ve paid, Porkbun (and possibly your old registrar) will send you an email asking you to confirm the transfer. Find the Porkbun email and click the provided link to confirm the transfer.

Now we play the waiting game…

Now that you’ve initiated the transfer, it can take up to five business days for it to complete. Some registrars will expedite transfers out if you contact their support department once the transfer is in process… but not all.

You can check on the status of pending transfers by logging into your Porkbun account, clicking your username in the upper right, and clicking Transfer Management.