If you registered a domain name at another domain name registrar and need to transfer this domain name to Alibaba Cloud for management, follow the instructions in this topic. This topic describes the transfer procedure to guide you through a swift and smooth transfer.

Prerequisites

  • The domain name can be transferred to Alibaba Cloud.

    Go to the Domain Name Pricing page and view the prices in the Transfer Price column. You can transfer only domain names who have transfer prices to Alibaba Cloud.

  • A registrant profile is created and passes real-name verification. For more information, see Real-name verification for CNNIC templates.

    When you transfer a .cn domain name to Alibaba Cloud, you must select a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification. Otherwise, you cannot submit the order or pay for the transfer. During the transfer process, the domain name is checked.

Background information

Transferring a domain name to Alibaba Cloud changes the registrar of the domain name to Alibaba Cloud. The transfer process is usually completed within five to seven days. The actual time required depends on the time taken by the registry to process the transfer and the time taken by the original registrar to confirm the transfer.

Procedure

Before you transfer your domain name to Alibaba Cloud, check the transfer prices and rules. For more information, see Fees and rules for transferring a domain name to Alibaba Cloud.
Note If your domain names have been renewed for the maximum validity period of 10 years, some of them can be transferred to Alibaba Cloud but cannot be renewed for another year. Some of them cannot be transferred because their validity period is greater than 10 years after the transfer and the transfer is rejected by the registry or registrar. For such domain names, we recommend that you wait until the validity period is less than 10 years before you attempt to transfer the domain names to Alibaba Cloud.
  1. Check the domain name before you transfer it to Alibaba Cloud.
    • Optional. Modify the administrative contact information.

      All subsequent confirmation emails related to the transfer are sent to the email address of the administrative contact. Make sure that the administrative contact information of the domain name is valid and modify the information if required.

    • Optional. Unlock the domain name if it is in the clientHold state.
    • Disable prohibition of domain name transfer.

      If transfer prohibition is enabled for your domain name, you must disable this feature.

    • Obtain the transfer key, which is also known as transfer code, transfer password, or domain name password.
  2. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Domain Transfers-In. On the page that appears, click Transfer Domain Name In.
  4. Enter your domain name and transfer key and click Submit.
    • Enter the information in the <Domain name> <Transfer key> format.
    • A space is required between <Domain name> and <Transfer key>. Enter one domain name and transfer key in each row.
    • You can transfer a maximum of 50 domain names to Alibaba Cloud at a time.
    • If you need to transfer a large number of domain names to Alibaba Cloud at a time, we recommend that you edit the domain names and transfer keys in a text editor such as Word, Excel, or Notepad, and then copy them to the list.
  5. Select a registrant profile and click Next.
    Note When you transfer a .cn domain name to Alibaba Cloud, you must select a registrant profile that has passed real-name verification. Otherwise, the transfer request fails to be submitted. For more information about real-name verification for a registrant profile, see Real-name verification for CNNIC templates.
  6. Check the order amount and click Pay.
  7. Verify the transfer key of the domain name.
    The system automatically checks whether the transfer key that you enter is valid. If the transfer key is valid, the domain name transfer starts. The transfer process is usually completed within five to seven days based on the rules of the domain name registry.

What to do next

Check the transfer progress.
  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domains console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Domain Transfers-In. On the page that appears, check the transfer status.