To prevent domain name theft, ICANN requires that domain names be prevented for transfer for 60 days in certain situations:
- Domain name is within 60 days of initial registration
- Domain name is within 60 days of a previous transfer
In addition, certain registrars may have procedures to prevent transfer for 60 days as well. For example, the registrar GoDaddy places a 60 day lock on any domain name when the whois information is modified. However, as discussed on Domain Name Wire by Bobdobbs (and verified by DomainSherpa), “The 60 day lock can be overridden by a supervisor if you really NEED your domain transferred.”
However, a domain can be sold and transferred during the 60-day registrar lock. Although the domain cannot typically be transferred to an account outside of your registrar, it can be “pushed” to another account within the same registrar. To do so, the buyer must have an account at the current registrar. The seller then uses the buyer’s registrar account login name and/or account number during the transfer.