In 2010 AuthInfo was introduced as a safety measure against unwanted domain name transfers. This mechanism has been optional so far, but will now become mandatory for all .no domain names.

The experiences with this safety measure are good. Domain names are no longer transfered against the holder's will, and the number of domains with a transfer code have increased steadily. By now, some 83 % of .no domains are secured this way. Based on
the experience we now have, and the encouragement from the registrar organization Dot-Enno, we have decided that the time is right to make the transfer code mandatory for all domains within .no. 

The routine for AuthInfo (transfer code) becomes mandatory on 19 September 2017.

We kindly ask that registrars who have not set transfer codes on the domains of their customers do so before 19 September. Domains that do not have a transfer code set by 19 September will have a code set automatically by the registry system.

What does this mean for the registrars?

If the customer asks for the trasfer code, the registrar is obliged to hand over the code within five working days. The registrars that haven't used this routine need to familiarise themselves with the terms and procedures so that they can assist their
customers.  You will find the relevant information here:

Transfer code practicalities

The code can only be set and changed by the domain's sponsoring registrar. Other registrars can see that a transfer code is set, but they cannot see the actual code. When a domain holder wants to transfer their domain to another registrar, the holder
gives the transfer code to the registrar, who then uses the code to complete the transfer. 

If the domain holder for some reason cannot get ahold of the transfer code, there is a backup procedure in the registry system that the new registrar can use to have a one-time token sent to the holder. If the holder experiences that the registrar refuses
to hand over the transfer code, they can send a complaint to Norid. These cases are followed up immediately, and they resolve within very short time.

Published: 18 August 2017
Updated: 17 February 2021