Effective December 1, 2016, ICANN is revising its Transfer Policy. The following is an overview of key points and how these changes may affect your registered domain.
TL;DR If you update ANY info in your domain’s registrant details, you won’t be able to transfer the domain to a different registrar for 60 days. If you make updates again, the 60 day window renews.
The contact information that lives on a domain registration is commonly called its “whois” information. As a domain register-er (we call them “registrants” in the biz) you have complete control over the information that appears here – provided that it’s accurate and correct.
Due to a recent policy change from ICANN, the organization that oversees domain registrations, you’ll soon see some new behavior whenever you modify a domain’s whois information.
Effective December 1st, any changes to a domain registrant’s name, organization or email address will trigger a handful of informational emails to the domain’s contacts (old and new, if applicable) to let you know that the changes have been made.
One other thing will happen – your domain will be LOCKED for 60 days, meaning you won’t be able to transfer its registration to any other registrar. You can still modify its DNS and host your domains anywhere, though.
The 60-day lock will apply to all Change of Registrant situations. You should be aware of the fact that the 60-day lock can be avoided if you wait to change Registrant info after a transfer has been initiated.
If you want to read the actual transfer policy which is about as fun as reading your homeowner’s insurance policy, you can read it here: