Transfer guide for UK domain names
1. On reaching an agreement to buy a domain name, the domain name will be reserved for you for a period of five days and taken off the market.
2. To offer you complete peace of mind, we offer an escrow service for domain name purchases whereby payment is held in escrow by an independent third party, Transpact, until the domain name is transferred to you. Should you wish to use an alternative escrow service, you are free to do so.
3. Payment by bank transfer via escrow is payable within five days. No exceptions unless agreed prior to the invoice being issued. If payment is not received within five days, the agreement to sell is no longer binding and we reserve the right to return the domain name to the market.
4. On receipt of payment, the domain name will be transfered to you via Nominet, the domain name registry responsible for UK domain names. All transfers, to be official, must be made via Nominet. During office hours, this is done typically within an hour or two of payment being received.
5. The transfer is officially known as a Registrant Transfer and you will become the new Registrant of the domain name you are buying. Nominet normally charge £12 for a domain name transfer, but as a Nominet Registrar, we are able to complete the transfer for you at no charge.
6. For avoidance of any doubt, the transfer of registration includes the transfer of all rights, title and interest in the domain name(s) to the buyer.
7. To transfer the name we will ask you for the new Registrant’s name (it can be a person or business) and address (if different from the invoice) and (for Nominet use only) a contact email and telephone number.
8. We aim to transfer the name to you as quickly as possible, usually within a few hours of Transpact notifying us that payment is being held in escrow pending the transfer completion.
9. Once the transfer is complete, you will be able to verify that you are indeed the new Registrant via the Nominet’s WHOIS Lookup Tool. This tool allows you to check the official directory for all .uk domain names and to see who the Registrant of any domain is. You will find the WHOIS Lookup Tool here:
10. So that you can manage the name going forward, we will also ask what domain name registration company (Registrar) you want to use to manage the domain name. Examples of well-known Registrars are Go Daddy, 123-Reg and 1&1. We will then help you move the domain name to your account with your choice of Registrar.
11. Once you have the name at your chosen Registrar you will have complete control of the domain name. You will then be able to do as you wish with the name: for example, develop a website on it, redirect it to an existing website, or even sell it.
12. The purchase price is a one-off payment, but all domain names must be renewed at regular intervals. UK domain names can be registered for between one and ten years at a time and once this term has finished, you can renew your rights to your domain name for another one to ten years via your Registrar.
Any questions? Please contact us.
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DisclaimerAll prices and information are thought to be correct at time of publication, but do not form part of any contract to sell.
We are always happy to consider offers on domain names, providing the listed asking price is taken into consideration.
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