Locating and Modifying the Domain (Transfer) Secret/Authorization Code for a Domain Name

Most TLDs (Domain Name Extensions) have a Domain (Transfer) Secret / Authorization Code associated with them. This serves as a password and is required to authenticate domain name Transfers.



The following TLDs do not support Domain (Transfer) Secret / Authorization Code (Anchor: authcode):

  • .UK

Birmingham Designer Ltd also allows you to modify your Domain (Transfer) Secret for each domain name. You can, thus, have a Domain (Transfer) Secret of your choice for each domain name.

To View/Modify a Domain (Transfer) Secret / Authorization Code (except for .DE domain names)

  1. Login to your Control Panel, search for the domain name whose Domain Secret you wish to view/modify and proceed to the Order Information view. See details

  2. Click the Domain Secret link.

    Expired Domain Name Related InformationĀ 


    In case of an expired domain name, its Order Information view will display the message -


    Your domain has expired. Any Services dependent upon the domain will not work.

    Here, you need to first click the Remind me Later link and then the Domain Secret link.

  3. Here, the current Domain (Transfer) Secret will be displayed. In order to change it, provide a new Domain (Transfer) Secret in the textbox and click the Update Domain Secret button to set it.

    Domain Name Extension Specific and Other General ConditionsĀ 

    • Domain Secret character limit for different Domain Name Extensions

    • While modifying the Domain Secret of .COM, .NET domain names, the following rules apply:

      • The length of the Domain Secret can be from 8 to 32 characters only

      • The Domain Secret must contain 1 alphabet, 1 number as well as 1 special character.

    • The Domain Secret should ideally consist of alphanumeric as well as special characters like the ones mentioned below:

      • A -Z and a - z

      • 0 - 9

      • ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ` { | } ~

      However, certain TLDs do not support usage of special characters in the Domain Secret:

      • .UK: No special character. Only alphanumeric characters permitted.

    • In case of a .COM, .NET domain names the Domain Secret field may be blank. In order to set it, provide a new Domain (Transfer) Secret in the textbox and click the Update Domain Secret button.

    • In order to set a new Domain (Transfer) Secret / Authorization Code for a .EU domain name, you need to click the Fetch Latest Token button.

      • Authorization Code for a .EU domain name will have the format XXXX-AAAA-BBBB-CCCC where XXXX is a plain-text identifier of the current Registrar, and AAAA, BBBB and CCCC are blocks of 4 random characters (letters and digits) separated by dashes.

      • The Authorization Code is generated upon request from the Registrar and is valid for a period of 40 days. Each time the code is requested, a new one will be generated on the spot, replacing the previous one and remaining valid for 40 days.

      • Requests submitted during the first day (24 hours from the moment of first request) of the validity period of the code will not result in a new code being generated. The request will return the same code with the same remaining validity period.


        The first request for an Authorization Code is made on 15 Dec 2012 11.00 AM GMT. An Authorization Code will be generated with a validity of 40 days. All further requests for the code within the next 24 hours (16 Dec 2012 11.00 AM GMT) will return the same code with the same remaining validity period. Requests after the initial 24 hours will return a fresh Authorization Code.

      • Authorization Code associated with a .EU domain name will become invalid immediately after use.

    • Once a domain name having an associated Domain (Transfer) Secret is Transferred to Birmingham Designer Ltd from another Registrar, a new Domain (Transfer) Secret is set for such a domain name. This process is implemented from a security perspective.