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Move a domain between Cloudflare accounts

You will have to move or transfer domains from one Cloudflare account to another if you:

  • Manage a multi-user organization and need to segment domain access by user.

  • Receive a Cloudflare is already hosting under a different account error.

  • Lose access to your email address or Cloudflare account (though you can also use the backup codes if you have two-factor authentication enabled).

  • Registered a Cloudflare account with a typo in your email.

​​ Requirements

To transfer a domain from one Cloudflare account to another, you will need:

  • Access to your domain registrar. If your domain is using Cloudflare Registrar, you will need to transfer your domain to another registrar because we do not currently support transferring Cloudflare Registrar domains between Cloudflare accounts. We are looking to add this in the future, refer to this feature request.
  • At least one Cloudflare account associated with the domain.

​​ Transfer your domain

If you still have access to your previous Cloudflare account, you can copy over the Cloudflare account settings manually. You must reissue SSL/TLS certificates and recreate and validate DNS records when transferring domains between Cloudflare accounts.

If you lose access to the email address associated with your Cloudflare account and do not have backup codes, you will need to manually transfer your domain to a new Cloudflare account associated with a different email address.

The domain transfer process depends on your DNS settings. If Cloudflare is your authoritative DNS provider (that is, your domain nameservers point to Cloudflare), you must:

  1. Create a new Cloudflare account or log in to an existing Cloudflare account.

  2. Add the domain to the account (as if you were adding it for the first time).

  3. Log in to your domain registrar account and update the nameservers to the provided Cloudflare nameservers.

  4. Finalize the nameserver update by selecting your domain in the dashboard > Overview > Re-check now.

Once the Cloudflare network recognizes the nameserver change, the domain in the new account will be marked as Active. While the domain in the new account is Pending, it cannot proxy traffic through Cloudflare and the origin IP addresses will be returned until the domain is marked as Active.

In the old account, the domain will be marked as Moved Away. After seven days in Moved Away status, the domain will be marked as Deleted. After seven days in the Deleted status, the domain will be permanently removed.

For more information, refer to Zone status.

​​ Issue new certificates

SSL/TLS certificates associated with your previous Cloudflare account will not be transferred to your new account. If your site requires an SSL/TLS certificate prior to domain transfer, refer to Minimize downtime.

You can order an advanced certificate prior to transferring your domain. Once issued, the certificate will enter Holding Deployment status until the domain is active. ACM certificates will automatically deploy to active domains. For more information, refer to Custom certificates.