How Can I Transfer My Domain to HostGator?

This article is a complete guide on how to transfer a domain from a third-party registrar and will cover the following information:

  1. What to Do Before Transferring Your Domain
  2. How to Begin Your Domain Transfer
  3. How to Ensure Your Transfer is Uninterrupted
  4. Check Your Transfer Status
  5. Troubleshooting a Failed Transfer
  6. Reference:

If you are already familiar with the domain transfer process, go ahead and request a transfer at: If you are transferring a domain between two different HostGator billing accounts, please contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.

If you would like to learn more about the process, or are having difficulty, please click one of the links above to navigate to the information you are interested in.

What to Do Before Transferring Your Domain

There are several blocks in place to protect your domain name ownership that can cause difficulty in transferring your domain to a new registrar. Before you transfer your domain to HostGator, it is essential that you ensure that the domain is ready to be transferred. Please click this link to expand the instructions for preparing a domain for transfer:

Pre Transfer Checklist

How to Begin Your Domain Transfer

The domain transfer process requires that you pay immediately with credit card. If you cannot pay with credit card, or if the domain name you want is not listed in our drop-down box, please contact us via phone or Live Chat so we can assist you.

Once you have gone through the pre transfer checklist, you're ready to begin transferring your domain. If your domain is not eligible for transfer using, you will need to contact HostGator via phone or Live Chat for assistance. Please provide your EPP code to ensure that the transfer can begin immediately if you have already gone through the steps in the pre-transfer checklist.

If your domain is eligible for transfer using, please click the link below to expand instructions for transferring your domain:

Begin Your Transfer

How to Ensure Your Transfer is Uninterrupted

One of the security measures to prevent your domain from being transferred without your consent is a validation email sent to one of the email addresses on your WHOIS information. To ensure that your transfer succeeds without interruption, please be sure to check these email accounts carefully and address any emails regarding your transfer.

Check Your Transfer Status

Domain transfers will be initiated only after payment has been made. Once the transfer has initialized, be sure to watch for an incoming confirmation letter to the email address listed on the domain WHOIS. The domain transfer should be decided within 7 days from the date listed in the confirmation letter. If the transfer was successful, then the domain's new information should appear when using a public WHOIS lookup tool.

If your domain is not available to be managed at after successfully being transferred, or if you would like a more detailed information regarding your transfer status, please contact us via phone or Live Chat for assistance.

Troubleshooting a Failed Transfer

This section contains a list of the most common causes for a domain transfer to fail as well as solutions to address those issues. Please click the link below to expand the list of issues and troubleshooting steps:

Troubleshooting a Failed Transfer

HostGator Special Offers

Free Domain Name Transfer

We will transfer one (1) domain name for free per newly purchased account. The free domain transfer is for your primary domain only (the domain you typed during sign-up) and must be a .com, .net or .org.

You can request the free domain registration transfer any time within the life of your hosting account by contacting us via phone or Live Chat. For more information please see the following article:

Free Renewal for Transferred Domains

Domains transferred to HostGator will be automatically be renewed for free for a full year from the date of transfer with 2 exceptions:

  • If the domain was renewed within the last 45 days, it will not be renewed at the time of transfer.
  • If the domain has a multi-year registration with more than 1 year remaining, it will not be renewed at the time of transfer.

What is My EPP Code or Authorization Key?

An EPP code is an authorization key provided by your old registrar and required by your new registrar to complete a registration transfer for a domain name. You must contact the old registrar to obtain this.

If HostGator is your registrar, you can get your EPP code by completing the steps below. The directions are slightly different depending on when and how your domain was registered. Please click the following link to display the steps:

How to Request Your EPP Authorization Code

What is the IPS TAG?

Some UK domains require an IPS tag before registration can be transferred. Our IPS Tag is PDR-IN.

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You will need to setup a LaunchPad Reseller Club in order to initiate your domain's transfer. Your Reseller Club account will allow you to manage any and all of your ccTLD's in one place, not just limited to!