I don’t know about you, but I find it particularly annoying when a registrar domain transfer takes far longer than it should. In my opinion, if a domain name is transferred to another domain registrar, it should take no longer than a day to complete as long as all approvals are made by the transferring parties. Unfortunately, it can take up to 5 days for a transfer to be finalized.
Some domain registrars make it very easy to transfer domain names. I’ve transferred names from Enom to GoDaddy in just a few minutes. Unfortunately, I’ve found that some domain registrars seem to make it difficult, and it takes the full 5 days to go through. Perhaps they think that a customer will change his or her mind during that time period or maybe there are other reasons, but it’s frustrating to wait when I know it can be done more quickly.
If you sell a domain name and are awaiting the successful transfer to get paid or if you are consolidating your domain portfolio at one registrar and want it done more quickly, here’s a tip to speed up the domain transfer process.
After you initiate a transfer to another domain registrar and the approvals are made by both parties, if the domain transfer takes longer than one day to complete, get on the phone with the domain registrar where the domain name is registered and ask if they can release the domain name. You might be met with some resistance at first, but you can usually ask a supervisor to have your request upgraded to someone who can give the approval to have the domain name released sooner. Keep in mind that approvals need to be given by both parties before it will be released.
Some companies won’t allow the registrant to have the domain name released early, but I have found that if you ask politely (and speak with someone who understands your request) you can usually have this done pretty quickly.
Waiting for a domain transfer to finalize is annoying, especially when there is a lot of money on hold while the transfer is pending. If you are able to get your domain registrar to release the domain name more quickly, you can save a few days by eliminating the transfer process.