Transferring a .uk domain name to OVHcloud

Find out how to transfer a .uk or related domain name to OVHcloud

Last updated 19th October 2022


Transferring a .uk (or similar) domain name requires a specific approach.

OVHcloud is providing you with services for which you are responsible, with regard to their configuration and management. You are therefore responsible for ensuring they function correctly.

This guide is designed to assist you in common tasks as much as possible. Nevertheless, we recommend that you contact a specialist service provider and/or discuss the issue with our community on if you face difficulties or doubts. You can find more information in the Go further section of this guide.

This guide explains how to transfer a .uk (or similar) domain name to OVHcloud.

If the domain name being modified is currently registered with OVHcloud, incoming domain transfer is not the appropriate procedure. This procedure only applies to the change of the domain name registry (OVHcloud).

To transfer the domain name management to another OVHcloud customer account, a change of contacts must be made instead. The procedure is described in this guide.

If you also need to change the domain name holder, you should do so before you change the domain name contacts. To do this, use our change of ownership for domain names instructions.


  • Your domain must not be in the Redemption period or in Pending Delete status.
  • The domain must not be blocked by your registrar.
  • Owner contact information must be up to date in the Whois data of the domain.
  • You are able to obtain the authorisation code that will be sent to the domain owner's email address.

The Redemption period is a maximum of 90 days from the day the domain name expires. In the case of a transfer, this period allows you to restore the domain and thus unblock the ability to transfer it.

Extensions in question

  • .uk


Step 1: Changing your domain TAG

In order to transfer your domain to OVHcloud, you must first specify the OVHcloud TAG at your current registrar: "OVH-FR". The list of TAGs for the different registrars is available on the official Nominet registry website.

If you cannot change your domain's TAG through your current registrar, you can apply to the Nominet registry to make the change for you. Nominet will charge a fee for this service. Please refer to Nominet's website for more information.

Step 2: Obtaining the authorisation code

After you change the TAG, the domain name owner will receive an authorisation code (authcode) by email after a few minutes. This is valid for 5 days and required to initiate the (free) domain transfer order at OVHcloud.

Step 3: Ordering the free transfer

Once you have your authorisation code, you can create the transfer order for your domain name on the OVHcloud website. This order is similar to the one of a generic domain name.

Your domain will then be available in your OVHcloud Control Panel within a few hours.

Additional information

Cost of a .uk domain transfer (or similar)

The transfer is free.

Authorisation code validity

The authorisation code is generated automatically as a result of the modification of the TAG. If the order is not made within 5 days, the transfer will be cancelled by the registrar.

Domain renewal due to transfer

The transfer being free, the domain's expiry date after changing registrars will be the same as before. To renew a domain after the transfer, you can create a renewal order on the OVHcloud website.

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Transferring a domain name to OVHcloud

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