Transferring domains from one registrar to another is never easy; at least in my experiences. It seems to me that the smaller registrars out there are typically very reluctant to release a domain name and they really drag their feet through the whole process.
Take for instance my most recent experience – with rapidsite.net
First of all, I had to call 3 entirely different locations/departments before I was actually able to get a hold of someone who was willing to recognize the fact that my domain existed. Once we established the fact that my domain was in fact real, I found out that in order to get an Authorization ID for transfer, I’d have to send an email to their domain registration department – Yay!!!
I send an email to the domain registration department, and to my surprise, I get the Authorization Code on the following day (Saturday). I proceed to input all of this information into my new registrar, and the domain’s status gets updated to “Pending Current Registrar Approval” where it has been for the past 4 days (today is Wednesday). I just called the company back because I was under the impression that this process – releasing the domain – should only take 24-72 hours (1-3 days), but they’re telling me that it takes for business days. So assuming that the transfer request went in on Monday, I should expect to have my domain land at the new registrar on Thursday (tomorrow), right? I hope so! Stay tuned, as I’ll keep you posted on the final outcome.
Leave the names of any other registrars that you may have had problems with below.