Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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It is important to note that the domain transfer is predominantly between the losing (current) registrar and the gaining registrar.

As a domain name registrant, it is one of your rights to transfer your domain name to another registrar or registrant, and to have access to the necessary information from your current registrar regarding the process for making such a transfer should you wish to do so.

To protect against unauthorized transfers, you must be the registrant on record or the administrative contact for the domain name in order to initiate the transfer process. Always be sure to keep your contact information for the domain name up to date on the NiRA WHOIS platform (


How to transfer a domain as a registrant to another registrant?

To transfer your domain name to another registrant (for example when your company changes ownership, including ownership of the domain name, etc), after sorting out the legal formalities for the transfer, you need to initiate a change of registrant details by contacting your current registrar. Once your registrar receives the confirmation from you, they will process the transfer and notify you and the new registrant once the transfer is completed.

If I registered a domain name through one registrar, am I allowed to change to another registrar?

Yes, you can change the registrar for your domain. See Clause 3 below for more information on how to Transfer Your Domain Name to another NiRA Accredited Registrar.

How do I transfer my domain name to a new registrar?

If you wish to move your domain name from one NiRA-accredited registrar to another, you may initiate the transfer process by contacting the registrar to which you wish to transfer the name.

Note that there are certain situations that can prevent a .ng domain name from being transferred from one NiRA Accredited Registrar to another, such as if the domain name has expired. The domain name has to be renewed first with the existing registrar before it can be transferred.

The gaining registrar is asking for a code. Where do I get this? / I don't know what you mean by authorization/transfer code and I can't find it. How do I get this code?

An Auth-Code (also called an Authorization Code, or transfer code) is a code created via the current registrar platform to help identify the domain name holder and prevent unauthorized transfers. An Auth-Code is required for a domain holder to transfer a domain name from one NiRA Accredited Registrar to another.

Your current NiRA Accredited Registrar may allow you, via an online interface tool, to generate and manage your own AuthInfo code. If not, you will need to contact your NiRA Accredited Registrar directly to obtain it.

Why is my registrar refusing to transfer my domain name?

Your registrar may deny a transfer request in the following limited circumstances:

  • The domain name has expired and must be renewed before the transfer
  • There are outstanding financial commitments to be settled with the current registrar
  • Evidence of fraud
  • Reasonable dispute over the identity of the person authorizing the transfer
  • Express written objection from the domain name holder
  • Domain name is in "Lock" status (Registrars must provide a readily accessible and reasonable means for name holders to remove the lock status. Contact your registrar for assistance.)

Your registrar is required to specify a reason when denying your transfer request. Contact the current registrar for information on the denial.