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Do .co.uk domains have a 60 day waiting period to transfer a domain? Also, is there a waiting period for any domain for which we use IPS Tag for domain name transfers?

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    Do you mean after newly registered or a change of details as with .com?
    – Steve
    Jun 3 '20 at 6:39
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    By "transfer" do you mean moving the hosting to a different registrar or transferring ownership of the domain to a new registrant? Jun 3 '20 at 10:32
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Nominet.uk (the registry behind .co.uk) do not have any explicit terms on transfers of .co.uk domains, unless the domain is "expired" or "suspended" (from 30 days after expiry, lasts for 60 days). Domains in these statuses would need to be renewed prior to them being transferred.

From the .UK Registry-Registrar Agreement 26 May 2020, section B.1.15:

You may not transfer a domain name during the expiry period, except as set out in paragraph E.3.6

However, some registrars do seem to enforce a 60 day limit on transfers, for example GoDaddy's rules on transferring out state:

You won't be able to transfer your domain away if it's within 60 days of registration or a previous transfer, if a 60-day lock was applied after updating domain contact information, or if your domain has Ownership Protection.

and:

Note Option showing disabled? You can't transfer your domain if it's within 60 days of registration or a previous transfer, if a 60-day lock was applied after updating domain contact information, or if your domain has Ownership Protection.

Fasthosts also state:

You can transfer .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk, .ltd.uk, .me.uk and .plc.uk domain names away from Fasthosts, provided that the domain name has been registered for at least 60 days.

Which seems to imply that you can transfer a domain within 60 days of another transfer, but not from the initial registration.

However, other registrars, such as namecheap will follow the registry guidelines and allow for immediate transfers.

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  • no, ICANN rules around transfer have nothing to do with UK since it is a ccTLD and hence not under ICANN Regulations. Also transfers in UK are completely different from transfers in gTLDs, as UK uses a "push" type of transfer where everyone else is doing "pull". Jun 5 '20 at 16:07
  • Sorry but this answer is incorrect. .uk domains are ccTLDs like Patrick mentioned, the rules are set by the country not by ICANN. And like Patrick said, .uk domains are a particularly wacky case when it comes to transfers. Jun 5 '20 at 18:29
  • @PatrickMevzek I've added two examples of registrars that do enforce a 60 day limit - so again, which part is wrong, and can you provide a better answer? Jun 8 '20 at 10:08
  • @MaximillianLaumeister I've added two examples of registrars that do enforce a 60 day limit - so again, which part is wrong, and can you provide a better answer? Jun 8 '20 at 10:08
  • You are still just quoting ICANN requirements (the 60 days stuff). The fact that 2 registrars are maybe also enforcing it for other TLDs is irrelevant. It does not come from the registry. And what you quote from .UK registry has more to do with expiration than has to do with transfers and does not say anything aobut a specific "waiting period". Jun 8 '20 at 13:59

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