You are not locked in and can make the switch anytime, with a few exceptions (e.g. evidence of fraud, back payment owed, etc). You also cannot transfer your domain if it has been with your current registrar for less than 60 days.
Let’s now take a look at how you can transfer a domain to GoDaddy.
Steps to transfer your domain name
It is extremely easy to transfer a domain to GoDaddy. All you need to do is follow the steps mentioned below. Note that it can take seven to 10 days to transfer a domain to GoDaddy.
1. Prepare with current registrar
Before you can transfer domain to GoDaddy, you will need to prepare with your current registrar.
First, you will have to unlock your domain, as a locked domain cannot be moved. To do this, log in with your current registrar and clear the lock domain checkbox. This could also be known as a registrar lock, transfer lock or domain lock.
You then need to verify your contact information so that you can get verification emails during this process.
Next you will have to get an authorization code from your current registrar. This is also known as transfer key or EPP code. You will have to click the domain you want to transfer and request for an authorization code via email.
Once you have the authorization code, you can proceed.
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The only time your domain name should be unlocked is if you’re transferring it.
2. Start the transfer
Now visit the GoDaddy website.
Type the domain you want to transfer into the domain search box.
Check if the domain is unlocked. You should be able to see a green check mark next to ‘Unlock the domain.’ If you are unable to see it, you will have to go back to your current registrar and raise a query with them.
The next step is to enter your authorization code in the field given. If the code is correct, you will see a green check mark. If not, please go back and reconfirm the authorization code with your current registrar.
You must complete all three steps to continue to the final stage.
3. Pay and complete
Once your authorization code is accepted, it means that your domain transfer is almost done.
You then have to click ‘Continue.’ This will take you to the privacy setting for your GoDaddy domain. Here you will have to select the appropriate privacy options for your business domain and click ‘Continue.’
The last step is paying for your domain at GoDaddy. You will have to select the payment method of your choice, pay and click on ‘Complete Purchase’ to finish the transaction. All you have to do now is checkout. Your domain transfer will be successfully completed.
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As mentioned, it will take anywhere between seven to 10 days to transfer a domain to GoDaddy. You can easily check the status of your transfer while you wait.
All you have to do is log into GoDaddy using your username and password. From the My Products menu, select Domains and then Transfers-In. You will see when the transfer was begun and the status of the transfer.