Do I need to disable "transfer lock" under Route53 > Registered Domains for Digital Ocean to take control of the domain?

Do I need to disable “transfer lock” under Route53 > Registered Domains for Digital Ocean to take control of the domain?

I have already added the same domain under digital ocean as the one that was originally registered on amazon, but internet traffic is not routed to my new digital ocean droplet, perhaps because BOTH AWS and DO, own the registrar to the domain?

I recently unchecked “transfer lock” on AWS to see if this helps.

There is also the button “transfer to another registrar” which gives me a code, to transfer it, but I do not see an option on DO to enter the code from AWS to transfer the registrat here.

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Digital ocean does not ‘give registrar domains for free’ as the documentation lead me to believe, rather, you use another registrar as mentioned here (e.g namecheap or any other)

so in my case “yes” I did need to turn off “transfer lock” on AWS Route 53 and then on the checkout page of another registrar (e.g namecheap) I entered the code that AWS Route 53 provided there (not on Digital Ocean).

I was then able to transfer domains registry from AWS Route 53 to another registrar (NOT Digital Ocean, because Digital Ocean has no power to register domains)

So the only thing left will be to update the ns-* data on the external registrars website once the transfer completes.

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June 29, 2024


You can’t transfer your Domain to DigitalOcean as DigitalOcean is not a domain provider. Having said that, what you can do is Manage your DNS from DigitalOcean. You can check that article to see how you can achieve this:

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June 29, 2024

Heya, @khanman

DigitalOcean is not a domain name provider, but you can manage your domain name’s DNS records with DigitalOcean, as stated in the article you’ve shared:


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