Transferring Domain Names

Customer Benefits

Steps to transfer your .nz domain name:

Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Discount Domains account, or create a free customer profile at:
  2. Once logged in, select the menu option 'transfer a domain'.
  3. Enter your domain name and UDAI into the appropriate fields.

What is a UDAI?

The Unique Domain Authentication Identifier (UDAI) id a unique code (combination of numbers and letters) which acts like a key and allows you to both update, and transfer your .nz domain name. You would have been issued with a UDAI when your domain name was registered, or more importantly, you can generate one by logging into your current Registrar site and requesting a new UDAI to be email to you.

Transferring .COM and other names

Currently the transfer of .com/.net/.org domain names is also automated but takes a little longer than transferring New Zealand domain names as there are more things to approve and involves our wholesale partner Tucows Inc.

The process is as follows:

  1. Check the listed administrative contact email address for your domain name and confirm that it is still a valid email address
  2. Check the expiration date of the domain name in question - as this process can take between five and fourteen days, you will need to ensure that the domain name cannot expire within the transfer period.
  3. Log in to your Discountdoamins account, or create a free customer profile at:
  4. Once logged in, select the menu option 'transfer a domain'.
  5. DiscountDomains will generate an invoice for the transfer, which will extend the current period of registration by a minimum of one year (depending on extension) during the transfer process. This invoice must be paid before the transfer of the domain name will be started. If the transfer fails, this fee can be refunded.
  6. DiscountDomains will then start the transfer request and the first email will be sent to your listed administrative address at your current registry requesting you confirm the transfer to one of our wholesale partners (Names4Ever Inc or Tucows Inc). You must confirm this transfer within 48 hours of receiving this transfer request.
  7. If you successfully complete step six, a second email will be sent to your from your current registry requesting permission to relinquish the domain name to our registry - you must also confirm this transfer request within 48 hours to ensure the transfer is completed.
  8. Once the transfer is successful, the domain name will be added to your list of domain names under "My Domains" in your DiscountDomains profile.