If the registrant of a domain name changes due to reasons such as domain name trading or Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing, you must transfer the domain name to the actual domain name registrant as soon as possible. This topic describes how to transfer domain name ownership in different scenarios and highlights important matters for consideration.

Differences between ownership transfer and other situations

If the registrant of a domain name needs to be changed from Person A to Person B, for reasons such as domain name trading or ICP filing, the ownership of the domain name must be officially transferred. If the contact information of a domain name registrant changes, you only need to update the domain name information. For more information, see Modify domain name information. The transfer of domain name ownership is not involved in this situation. The transfer of domain name ownership does not change the Alibaba Cloud account to which the domain name belongs.
Scenario Solution References
The registrant of a domain name is changed. Transfer the domain name ownership
The domain name registrant remains the same, but the contact information of the registrant, or the administrator or the payer of the domain name has changed. Modify domain name information Modify domain name information

Review time

When a domain name is being transferred to a new registrant, the time required to review the materials submitted for real-name verification is usually three to five weekdays. The specific review time varies in the following situations:
  • Transfer the ownership of multiple domain names by using a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification:
    • Non-CNNIC domain names: The verification process can be completed within a short period of time. (CNNIC is short for China Internet Network Information Center.)
    • CNNIC domain names (such as .cn, .中国, .公司, .网络): If you transfer the ownership of a CNNIC domain name by using a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification, less information and materials are required for review. However, CNNIC will review the domain name information and real-name verification materials. The review process usually takes three to five weekdays.
  • Transfer the ownership of a single domain name by using a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification:

    After you select a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification, you must still enter the corresponding certificate number and upload materials for real-name verification to transfer the ownership. The review process usually takes three to five weekdays.

  • Transfer the ownership of special domain names such as .gov.cn: Registrants of special domain names cannot be changed online. The time required to review real-name verification materials varies depending on the actual situation.
Note It takes about three weekdays to synchronize the review results to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) database. After a domain name is transferred to you, we recommend that you wait for three weekdays before you apply for ICP filing. Otherwise, your application may be denied.

Materials required to transfer domain name ownership

If you need to transfer a domain name to a new registrant, you must provide materials of the new registrant for real-name verification. The certificates or documents of the current registrant are not required. Before a domain name transfer, we recommend that you check the type of domain name registrant or the domain name type and prepare the required materials ahead of time to make the transfer compact and efficient.

The following information provides materials required for the ownership transfer of individual and organization domain names.

Transfer a single domain name

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
  2. On the Domain Names page, find and click the target domain name to go to the Basic Information page.
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  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Info Modification and then the Registrant Info Modification tab.
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  4. On the Registrant Info Modification tab, enter the information of the new registrant, or click Use registrant profile to select a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification.
  5. Read and select the terms of service, and then click Save.
  6. Follow the instructions to transfer the specified domain name to the new registrant.

Transfer multiple domain names at the same time

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Bulk Operations > Common Bulk Operation, or choose Bulk Operations > CNNIC Bulk Operation to go to the Info Modification tab.
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  3. On the Bulk Operations page, enter the domain names that you want to transfer. Select Registrant Info, and then select a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification.
  4. Click Get Verification Code to obtain a verification code, and then enter the obtained code in Email Verification Code to complete email security verification.
  5. Read and agree to the terms of service, and then click Submit.
  6. Follow the instructions to transfer the specified domain names to the new registrant.