Transfer Your Domain To AWS

Transfer domain to another registrar

Transferring your domain from one registrar to another will be almost the same either it's AWS or to another provider, below example showing the steps to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to AWS.

From current registrar (Ex.:GoDaddy)

  1. First you need to be sure that the domain you want to transfer is unlocked, login to your registrar (ex.: GoDaddy) and then from there click on Domain > Manage , from there choose domain(s) you want to transfer and click on edit below the lock section and turn it off.
    Unlock domain for transfer

From new registrar account (Ex.: AWS -- Route 53)

  1. Login to your AWS account.
  2. Services > Route 53 , Click on 'Registered domains' under 'Domains' section then click on the above 'Transfer Domain' button.Transfer Domain to AWS
  3. Put your domain name and click on check, this is the step which AWS will check with your registrar (ex.: GoDaddy) if it's locked or transferrable.
  4. Click on 'Add to Cart' button, you can transfer other domain or just proceed and click on 'Continue' button.
    You will be asked now for authorization code which will be provided by the current registrar. "Keep this window opened"

AWS Domain Authorization Code


From current registrart (Ex.: GoDaddy)

  1. Login to your account and then go to Domain > Manage.
  2. Click on 'Get authorization code'
  3. You will receive a code to your email.Godaddy Domain Authorization Code Email

From new registrar account (Ex.: AWS -- Route 53)

  1. Place the code in the opened window.
  2. You will be asked to fill contact information which is very important as the email used is the the ownership proof, you will also have an option to hide all the information so no one can find it when they do a domain whois.
  3. Accept the terms and conditions and press 'Proceed with Purchase'.

Background processes

In the background AWS will run some steps which you don't have to do anything from your side, like verifying the WHOIS information...etc

You can always check what step your domain transfer at by checking AWS Console > Route 53 > Pending requests

Route 53 Pending Requests


Transfer Confirmation

You will receive an email from Amazon asking you to approve the transfer request by clicking on a link, after confirming it you will receive an email from original registrar which you can ignore unless you want to cancel the transfer process.
(Below figure shows AWS confirmation email)

Route 53 Email Confirmation
That's it, it's all going to be background job between the two registrars and you don't need to do anything for it and usually it takes less than 10 days.



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