Monday, December 29, 2014

How to transfer your Internet Domain to AWS Route 53


These are the steps to transfer an Internet domain ( in this example) to AWS Route 53.

This is not a DNS configuration migration. This is only to make AWS our Domain registrar

1- Check your current domain registration information

Make sure that your contact details are up to date and that you have all you need to administer your domain configuration (valid email addresses, the domain is not about to expire, the domain is not locked, etc.)

2- Request the Authorisation Code to your current Registrar

The goal of the whole process is to transfer the registrar authority from one registrar (your current) to a new one (AWS). The method to authenticate that this is an authorised request is the Authorisation Code. 

Each provider has a different method to obtain this code. I.e: These are the instructions for GoDaddy

3- Initiate the Transfer Domain Wizard

- On the Route 53 Console: Click on "Registered Domains" and "Transfer Domain" button.

- Type your Internet Domain name and select its TLD ( in this case).


4- Authorisation Code and your current DNS server

Enter here the Authorisation Code you have received from your current Registrar.

Enter here your current DNS servers names. There is room for 4 server but 2 servers is the minimum required.

Remember: These are your current DNS servers. No change here. We are migrating only the Internet Domain registrar of your domain.


5- Fulfil your contact details


6- Review & Purchase



7- email

The process has been initiated and now should be on pending status.
You can track it on the Route 53 Console Dashboard:


After a couple of days you will receive an email from asking you to approve the transfer. Follow those instructions.


8- Done. Your Internet Domain is now under Amazon Web Services control


9- Test

A good way to test that Internet got it right is to perform a "Who Is" from a public service like and query your domain.

Here below the current output of that query for Notice that my personal details are obfuscated by a third party registrar. AWS has delegated the domain registration to and this service includes information obfuscation without any additional cost.

Domain ID: D85970450-LROR
Creation Date: 2002-04-25T19:34:26Z
Updated Date: 2014-10-25T00:20:22Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2016-04-25T19:34:26Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Gandi SAS (R42-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 81
WHOIS Server: 
Referral URL: 
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID:JD10503-GANDI
Registrant Name:Juan Domenech
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: Whois Protege / Obfuscated whois
Registrant Street: Gandi, 63-65 boulevard Massena
Registrant City:Paris
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:75013
Registrant Country:FR
Registrant Phone:+33.170377666
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +33.143730576
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Admin ID:JD10502-GANDI
Admin Name:Juan Domenech
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: Whois Protege / Obfuscated whois
Admin Street: Gandi, 63-65 boulevard Massena
Admin City:Paris
Admin State/Province:
Admin Postal Code:75013
Admin Country:FR
Admin Phone:+33.170377666
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +33.143730576
Admin Fax Ext: 
Tech ID:JD10504-GANDI
Tech Name:Juan Domenech
Tech Organization:
Tech Street: Whois Protege / Obfuscated whois
Tech Street: Gandi, 63-65 boulevard Massena
Tech City:Paris
Tech State/Province:
Tech Postal Code:75013
Tech Country:FR
Tech Phone:+33.170377666
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +33.143730576
Tech Fax Ext: 
Name Server: 
Name Server: 
Name Server: 
Name Server: 
Name Server: 
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