Transferring Your Domain Names to Blacknight

Transferring Your Domain Names to Blacknight

Free Control Panel, Free DNS Management

Benefits of Transferring Domains to Blacknight:

  • Affordable pricing for transfers and future renewals
  • One-year registration added to life of the domain
  • Help with Transferring
  • Free Control Panel
  • Free DNS Management
  • Your data protected by Irish and EU data protection laws

How to Transfer Domains to Blacknight:

Transferring your domains doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re not satisfied with your current domain registrar’s offerings then Blacknight is happy to assist you in moving your domain to our services. 

The methods of transfer vary for different types of domains. Please take a moment to review the instructions below for the type of domain you wish to transfer. 

Domain Transfer Checklist

Before beginning the domain transfer process – please check off this list to make sure you’re ready and have all the information you need.

  1. Is your contact information up to date? (FYI: Updating your contact info will lock a domain for 60 days.)
  2. Do you have access to the registrant (your) email?
  3. Have you unlocked your domain name?
  4. Do you have your EPP code, transfer secret or auth code (for .ie)?
  5. If it’s a .CO.UK domain Have you updated your IPS Tag to: BLACKNIGHT-IE?
  6. Have you copied your DNS records into a text document?
  7. Do you have time to wait? Transfers can take up to seven days.
  8. Move your nameservers to Blacknight
  9. Once the transfer is complete, be sure to check your DNS information!

Special Transfer Note

Please note that ‘transferring a domain’ means moving the billing of a domain name ONLY. This does not transfer your email accounts or website content or automatically update the DNS. For more information, please read our Guide to Moving Hosting Provider. If you would like to also transfer your email and website, please speak to our sales team so we can facilitate this for you.

Please be aware that the transfer of domains can take some time to fully complete. Blacknight cannot be held responsible for delays in transfers due to errors made by third parties.

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Important Domain Transfer Notes

Here are some tips to make sure that your domain transfer to Blacknight goes smoothly:

  • We highly recommend an appropriate testing period after you have transferred a domain to us.
  • Be aware that the transfer of domains can take some time to fully complete.
  • A locked domain cannot be transferred.
  • You cannot transfer com/net/org/info/biz or other “gTLD” domains until they are 60 days old.
  • Blacknight cannot be held responsible for delays in transfers due to errors made by third parties.

Transferring a domain between Blacknight accounts

In order to transfer a domain between Blacknight billing accounts please see the following article: Moving a domain between accounts

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I transfer a .IE domain?

    To transfer a .IE domain, you need an Authcode from your current registrar. It’s pretty easy to get and should be in your domain management dashboard. If you are having issues getting the Authcode from your current registrar for your .ie transfer you can request a new one from  The new Authcode will be sent directly to the email address assigned to the Admin Contact on the domain name. Please note that the IEDR will not give out Authcodes by telephone.

  • How do I transfer .com / .net / .org / .info / .biz / .mobi / .tv domains to Blacknight?

    Transferring a domain is a very easy process. We recommend planning ahead to ensure that you initiate the transfer as far in advance as possible from your domain renewal date.

    You will first need to ensure that your domain’s listed details are correct, in particular the email address. You must have access to the domain’s admin contact email address to complete the transfer.

    • Contact your current provider. If you do not have access to the email address associated with the domain you wish to transfer, you will need to update this.
    • You will then need to request that your provider unlock the domain for transfer and provide you with an “authorisation key” or “EPP code”.
    • Complete your order through the transfer box above.
    • Please ensure that you check the email address for the domain daily (including your Junk Mail folder). Blacknight’s registrar will send an email to this address to verify the transfer request; you must respond to this.
    • If you have any queries or concerns regarding the progress of your transfer, please do not hesitate to contact Blacknight’s

    Important note: Domains cannot be transferred between registrars until the domain is 60 days old.

    Transfer a gTLD domain name (e.g. .COM, .NET, .ORG etc) to Blacknight

  • How do I transfer .uk / / / domains?

    To transfer a .uk / / / domain, do the following:

    • Contact your current registrar, request that they change the current Registrant’s Agent Tag (IPS Tag) to ours: BLACKNIGHT-IE. Generally, this will go through without any issue, however, if it does not, due to inactivity or unwillingness on behalf of your current hosting provider, you can request that Nominet initiate the change for you.
    • Once you have changed the tag, complete your transfer by placing the order with Blacknight above.
    • .UK Transfers are free of charge.
    • Once the tag has been changed to us and the order is processed, you can update your nameservers via your Control Panel.
    • WHOIS details must be checked. To make changes to the registrant details please contact

    Note: If you have also purchased a hosting package and are transferring your existing website, please refer to our notes on domain migration

    Transfer a .CO.UK, .ME.UK, .ORG.UK, or .UK domain name to Blacknight

  • Transferring .EU domains

    Enter your .EU domain name above to initiate the transfer process. 

    Please note: If you are making significant changes to the domain holder contact details EURid will consider this to be a “trade”. 

    EU domain transfers DO NOT add a year to the registration period. The registration period of one year is reset when the transfer completes. 

    You will need an EPP code to do a .EU transfer. 

    Transfer a .EU domain name to Blacknight

  • Do I lose time left on my registration if I transfer to you?

    No, in most cases, when you transfer, you get another year added to your current registration term. Some extensions, like .EU do not add a year and your domain will expire when it was originally scheduled to. 

  • How will I know that transfer has completed?

    Blacknight will notify you via the registrar contact email when the transfer is completed. You will also usually receive an email from your old registrar that a domain has been transferred out. 

  • Will I need to make changes to the domain nameservers or DNS records post transfer?

    Yes, you will need to make sure you update your nameserver and DNS records after the transfer. You should immediately update your nameservers to Blacknight’s free domain nameserver hosting, and then update your DNS records to ensure continuity of service for your website, email and other services that use the domain. Your previous domain nameserver provider will eventually shut off your nameserver access (how long varies by provider). 

  • Can I transfer a domain that has expired?

    In most cases, you can during the registrar’s domain renewal grace period. If it’s beyond the grace period and the domain has been ‘dropped’ then you cannot transfer it because you no longer own it. 

  • Will my website go down during the transfer?

    No, as your nameservers and DNS records won’t change right away. If you don’t update your DNS records with us, then yes, your website and email could eventually break. It’s important to check your email and make sure you update your nameservers to Blacknight and then change DNS records as soon as the transfer is done. DNS settings will not be ported in the transfer (make note of them all before you start the transfer!). 

  • Can I transfer my domain name to you and keep my website or email with a different provider?

    Yes, of course. Transferring a domain only transfers the billing service for whom you have the domain registered with. You can continue to point your website and email to whichever provider works best for you. 

  • How long will it take for my domain to transfer to Blacknight?

    It depends on the domain extension and the systems of the registrar losing the domain. Some transfers take less than a day, some transfers can take up to a week.  

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