Transferring and renewing domains with Cloudflare Registrar

Learn to transfer, manage, and renew your existing domain with Cloudflare Registrar.


Overview

Cloudflare only supports domain transfer and not direct purchase for existing Cloudflare customers.

Existing Cloudflare customers can transfer and manage domains via Cloudflare Registrar.  Cloudflare Registrar offers free personal data redaction (Whois Privacy) that meets current ICANN guidelines.  If a registry provides a promotional price for a top-level domain (TLD), Cloudflare automatically provides that price to customers. 

Cloudflare continuously adds support for new TLD’s. Refer to Cloudflare's list of supported TLDs.

Only domains Active at Cloudflare via a Full setup (Cloudflare hosts the authoritative DNS) are eligible for Cloudflare Registrar.  Domains on CNAME setups are ineligible.  

Cloudflare Registrar abides by the ICANN Registrant Rights and Responsibilities.


Before getting started

Before transferring a domain to or from Cloudflare: 

  • Disable DNSSEC by removing the DS record at your current DNS host and then turn off DNSSEC within the Cloudflare DNS app, and
  • Notify your financial institution before initiating multiple domain transfers to avoid flagging the charges as fraudulent.
  • Because a transfer can take up to 15 days, a transfer may fail if performed too close to the expiration date.  If your domain expires before the transfer to Cloudflare completes, perform the following actions:
  1. Renew the domain at your current registrar.
  2. Ensure the nameservers at your current registrar still point to Cloudflare’s nameservers. 
  3. Ensure your domain is still Active at Cloudflare or click the Re-check now button if it appears in the Cloudflare Overview app.
  4. Transfer the domain to Cloudflare.


Transfer a domain to Cloudflare

Refer to the Cloudflare developer docs for registrar transfer instructions.  Domain transfer completion depends on your current domain provider’s response time.  A transfer takes up to fifteen days. The domain transfer process consists of the following steps:

  • receipt of verification codes,
  • release of the domain, and
  • additional confirmation emails. 

Customers that recently renewed their domain do not lose time added to their expiration upon domain transfer.  ICANN requires a domain transfer to extend the expiration date by at least one year. A domain that transfers on October 10, 2019 but expires March 10, 2020 acquires a new expiration of March 10, 2021.  

If a domain expires at the current registrar and is renewed within 45 days before transferring to Cloudflare, the registry (the owner of the TLD) can restrict the addition of an extra year.


Renew domains via Cloudflare Registrar

Once your domain is transferred to Cloudflare Registrar, the domain is renewable via Cloudflare. To renew a Cloudflare Registrar domain: 

  1. Within the Cloudflare Overview app, Click Manage domain under Domain Registration.
  2. Under the Registration feature, click Add years.  You can only select the number of years you are eligible to renew, up to the maximum of 10 years.
  3. Under Renew for, select the number of years for renewal.
  4. Click Renew.

Domains are renewable at any time.  Additional years are always added to the current expiration date regardless of when the renewal takes place.  You are billed the number of renewal years times the renewal fee for that TLD. For example, a 5-year renewal of a .com domain currently costs $40.15 ($8.03 X 5 years). 

Clicking Renew for shows the Expires on and Renews on dates.  Expires on is the date the domain expires and Renews on is the date the domain automatically renews.  A status of Renewal Pending indicates the renewal is processing.  Once the domain renews, the status will change back to Active

WHOIS information can differ between Cloudflare’s dashboard and ICANN. ICANN whois is not authoritative and can experience delays. Cloudflare recommends checking the Verisign WHOIS.


Renew domains automatically

Cloudflare domain registration is set to automatically renew by default.  Automatic renewals are 1 year renewals initiated by Cloudflare on behalf of the customer.  Only domains that have Auto Renew set to On are automatically renewed.  Manual renewal is possible at any time even if Auto Renew is enabled.

Cloudflare automatically renews domains 30 days prior to the expiration date.  If the automatic renewal fails, you are notified via email. Cloudflare makes two additional attempts to process the renewal.  If all attempts fail, the customer must manually renew the domain.


Understand renewal notification

The following domain expiration notices are sent to the email address used to register the domain:

  • A monthly email listing all domains set to automatically renew within the next 45 days.
  • A weekly email listing all domains expiring in approximately one month’s time.
  • A daily email listing all domains expiring in 7 days.
  • An email one day after the domain expires.

Per Cloudflare’s expired domains policy, a domain registration is canceled unless renewed before the registration period.   Domains are not immediately deleted from your Cloudflare account upon expiration.  Instead, expired domain registrations have a Redemption Grace Period (RGP) of 30 days. During the RGP, Cloudflare blocks attempted transfers of an expired domain. Cloudflare does not charge additional fees for domains reregistered during the RGP.


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