Do I Lose Domain Registration Time If I Transfer Domains?

One of the most common questions we get from registrants (that’s you) is, “do I lose domain registration time if I transfer domains?” Nope! You won't lose any existing months/years of registration, and we add a year to your registration at the moment of transfer.*

For instance, if you have six months of domain registration time left before your domain expires, you'll have 18 months of domain registration time after you transfer a domain to Porkbun.

When Domain Registration Time Won’t Be Extended

Even though your existing registration should always transfer in, there is one scenario where your domain registration time won't be extended by an additional year. If all of the following happens, your domain registration time won't be extended:

  1. Your domain expires at your old registrar.  
  2. You renew it at your old registrar.
  3. You wait fewer than 45 days from the day it expired or fewer than five from the day you renewed it.
  4. You transfer your domain to Porkbun (or any other registrar)

Due to arcane industry billing practices, your old registrar gets a refund from the registry. Our industry regulator considers the additional year you paid for at your old registrar "canceled."  Porkbun adds an additional year of registration, however, since the year you paid for at your old registrar has been canceled, no net registration is added.

This is known as "transferring a domain during the Auto-Renew Grace Period” in industry jargon.

Your old registrar may be willing to pass the refund they receive from the registry on to you. We always recommend contacting your old registrar to ask for a refund in this scenario. Depending on their policies, they may or may not provide one.

If you transferred a domain away from Porkbun in the above scenario, please email to ask about a refund.

We know this is an industry practice so odd that it may seem as if we're making it up, but it’s true! Communicating with your old registrar is always the best course of action.

Please Note:

The above information does not apply to .de domains billed monthly by the registry. By registering a .de domain, Porkbun essentially agrees to pay the registry for a year's worth of domain registration time. Still, on a technical level, .de domains can never have more than a month of registration.

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