If you are transferring a domain to or from another NearlyFreeSpeech.NET member, follow our usual internal transfer process. This entry applies only to domains being transferred to or from another registration service provider that uses the same registrar that we do.
According to our registrar, this process is no longer used. To transfer a domain to or from another registration service provider that uses the same registrar we do, just follow the regular inbound domain transfer or outbound domain transfer process. Only follow the instructions below if that is unsuccessful.
A push transfer is a special type of intra-registrar domain transfer. Most transfers are initiated by the new registrar/registrant (i.e. the domain is "pulled" from the old registrant to the new one). However, there are two cases where the domain can be "pushed" to the new registrant from the old one:
- You previously registered the domain with another company that uses the same underlying domain registrar (Public Domain Registry) that we use, and would like to transfer it here.
- You previously registered the domain through us, and would like to transfer the domain to another company that uses the same underlying domain registrar (Public Domain Registry) that we use.
For the first case, you'll need to submit an assistance request including these things:
- the domain name(s) to be pushed
- which (funded) account you want the domain(s) associated with
We will provide you with a unique customer username and ID number. (The "customer username" looks like an email address, but isn't.) You must take both of those and go back to your existing registration provider and initiate the "move services" action. Sometimes they offer this functionality through their control panel, and sometimes you will have to ask them to do it for you. (And sometimes their first-level techs may not be familiar with the process -- you may need to escalate a bit.) Once you have completed the transfer, you should reply back to us so we can confirm receipt of the domain and add it to your control panel, otherwise it may take a day or two to show up.
The second case is similar to the first, but reversed. You must get open an assistance request containing:
- the domain name(s) to be pushed
- the unique customer username and ID number provided to you by the other company
We will take care of moving the domain to the other registration service provider for you. And, unlike the second case, you won't ever have to argue with anyone here about whether what you're asking for is really a thing.
Make sure the customer username and ID you are given is unique to you. If you are given a "generic" username that belongs to the person/company, you may be deleting a vital record showing that you are the rightful registrant of the name. If you request such a transfer and lose your domain as a result, we will be unable to assist you.
Again, push transfers are never necessary without a specific reason, and although "we use the same registrar" used to be such a reason, it isn't anymore. If someone insists otherwise and you still want to transfer the name to them, we can do it if it you provide all the necessary information. But any request that you perform a push transfer is a cause for concern.
In all cases, standard push transfers do not cost anything, and do not extend the registration time of the domain. You can renew the domain before or after the transfer if you want to extend the registration time. Expired or suspended domains usually cannot be pushed.