What happens with the expiration date after a successful domain transfer?
This will depend on the domain name extension which you just have transferred. In our TLD pages in this Knowledge Base, you will find this information for each extension in the transfer table, under the tag "Registration period after transfer".
There are three options what can happen with the expiration date:
- The expiration date does not change (it remains unchanged). Normally this indicates a free transfer. The first payment you do is the moment of domain renewal. If you transfer a domain shortly before its expiration date, be aware of this renewal, which can be due in just a couple of days!
Examples are .uk, .nl, .es and .se.
- The expiration date extends with a year. In other words: the domain transfer comes with a renewal. You pay immediately, but the next renewal is far in the future; at least a year, sometimes even longer for a multi-year registration.
Examples are .eu and all the gTLDs (.com, .net, .org etc).
- And then there are registries that start counting from ‘now’ again (also referred to as "restarts"). The new expiration date is one year after the transfer date. In this scenario you can loose registration period if you transfer shortly after the registration or renewal date of a domain.
Examples are .de, .be and .fr.