How to transfer a domain from Porkbun to another registrar

Transferring a domain to another registrar? Before we start, please 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 away from Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with Porkbun 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. Please note that if you become dissatisfied with your new registrar, you’ll need to wait 60 days to transfer your domain back to Porkbun for the same reason.

Preparing your domain for transfer

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If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your contact info. To change it, first log in to Porkbun. You should arrive at the Domain Management screen. If you're already logged in, click the menu icon in the top-right corner and select Domain Management. Locate your domain. To the right of the domain, find and click the drop-down list. Under Domain Contacts select "Edit". 


Verify that the email address on file is correct. If it’s not, change it. If you’re setting contact types individually, make sure the email address is current for both the Registrant and Administrative contact. Once your info is current, click Submit to apply your changes and return to Domain Management.

2
Unlock your domain. Click the green locked padlock icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to unlock the domain. Say yes. The green padlock icon appears will flash yellow to indicate that the domain is unlocked and ready to transfer. To verify this, select the "Details" drop-down list, then look for the Domain Lock section. The switch should be in the off setting. 

3
Turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click the green eye icon to the right of your domain, and select "Make Public." You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click OK. The green eye icon is replaced by a grey antenna icon to indicate that WHOIS privacy is turned off.

4
Grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) to provide to your new registrar. From Domain Management, click the drop-down list and select “Get Authorization Code".

A window will pop up with your key listed under "Auth Code."


Initiate the transfer

In another tab or window, connect to your new registrar and begin the process of transferring over your domain. When asked for your authorization code, copy and paste in the code you revealed in the previous step.

Once you’ve paid your new registrar, depending on the domain you are transferring (such as a country-code domain), there may an email verification step. In this case, it's even more important to make sure that your WHOIS contact information is up to date and privacy is disabled before you initiate the transfer, as your new registrar may send you an email confirmation before the transfer can proceed. 

Once the transfer is confirmed at the new registrar, it will transfer about 5 days later. You can accelerate this process once the transfer is confirmed at the new registrar by returning to the "Registrar Transfer" area and clicking "Approve Transfer Out."

We’re sorry to see you go!

Hey, we’re sorry it didn’t work out. No hard feelings. If you are ever dissatisfied with your new registrar, or you just miss us, it’s easy to transfer your domain back to Porkbun. Additional months of registration you purchased at the other registrar will automatically added to your Porkbun account upon your return.