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

Prerequisites

  • The domain name is allowed to be transferred to Alibaba Cloud.

    Go to the Pricing of domain names page and view the prices in the Transfer Price column. You can only transfer domain names whose transfer prices are displayed.

  • The email address of the registrant is correct and valid.

    When top-level domain names (TLDs), such as .com, .net, and .org, are transferred to Alibaba Cloud, the email addresses of the domain name registrants must be verified. Make sure that the registrant's email address is your frequently used email address that can receive emails to verify the transfer.

  • A registrant profile template 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. After the email address of the registrant is verified during the transfer, the domain name is checked.

Background information

Transferring a domain name changes the domain name registrar from another registrar to Alibaba Cloud. The transfer process usually takes five to seven days to complete, which depends on the transfer processing time of the registry and the transfer-out confirmation time of the original registrar.

Procedure

Before you transfer your domain name to Alibaba Cloud, you must understand 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 will be greater than 10 years after the transfer and be 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 name to Alibaba Cloud.
  1. Check the domain name before you transfer it to Alibaba Cloud.
    • Optional. Modify the contact information.

      Modify contact information of the domain name administrator so that all subsequent confirmation emails related to the transfer can be sent to the email address of the domain name administrator.

    • Optional. Unlock the domain name. The domain name cannot be 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 a 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 want 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. If the selected profile template does not pass real-name verification, the transfer request cannot 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 you entered is correct. If the transfer key is correct, the domain name starts to be transferred to Alibaba Cloud. The transfer process is usually completed within five to seven days based on the rules of the domain name registry.

What to do next

Query 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.