I have a domain registered at GoDaddy. it was registered for five years (two years ago). whois records shows it will expire some time in 2015.

Now I want to transfer to Gandi. The problem is Gandi asks me to pay fee for at least for one year.

So my question is,

  • If I transfer a domain, should I start paying from the beginning (losing two or what ever years left with previous registrar)?
  • If so, Is it with the same policy with any registrar out there?
  • @Stephen Thanks for cleaning up my question. Will put more effort next time to take off your burden. – kindahero Mar 2 '13 at 8:44
  1. Your domain is locked with the current expire unless cancelled or extended. During transfer the expire date remains unchanged. In this case its 2015+1=2016 if you extend after transfer.

  2. Some registers charge transfer fees, some enforce renewals, some don't charge or enforce at all.

  • Thanks for the answer, good to hear that. Now the ambiguity is whether gandi is asking for one year renewal or transfer charge. it just says "transfer(one year)". I should contact them.? – kindahero Feb 28 '13 at 0:05
  • Normally that means your domain req a year or more, so you shouldnt need to as you have 2 years... always best to ask mind. – Simon Hayter Feb 28 '13 at 0:18

All registrars work differently. Some charge transfer and renewal fees, while others may not. This can also vary based on the domain extension (.com, .net, etc.). However, generally your existing expiration time will remain the same or be extended by the new registrar.

Depending on your domain extension, Gandi provides the following information as to what will happen with your current registration time.


As you can see, in most cases the expiration date is extended by one year. In some cases (detailed above), the expiration date will remain unchanged or 1 year will be added from the transfer date.

I hope this helps! Good luck with the transfer.

  • Thats informative. I am transferring to Gandi soon. Thank you, that was indeed helpful. – kindahero Mar 2 '13 at 8:45

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