How do I change the IPS Tag on my domain name?
This article applies to all UK domain names (i.e. .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .uk, etc)
An IPS Tag is a way of Nominet (the not-for-profit organisation that governs .uk domain names) giving control of a domain name to a certain company. If you want to move your domain name to another provider, you would need to change the IPS Tag to that of your new provider.
Please note: before proceeding, you’ll need to make sure that your domain isn’t locked or has the Domain Ownership Protection service enabled. For details on how to do this, please read our Support articles:
- How do I turn off Domain Ownership Protection (‘DOP’) for my domains?
- How do I lock/unlock my domain name?
To change your domain name’s IPS Tag, you will need to do the following:
Start by logging in to your 123 Reg Control Panel. From there, select your desired domain from the drop-down menu within the Manage Active Products section and click Manage.
Alternatively, you can scroll down to the Domain names section and select the relevant domain name from the drop-down menu. Once selected, click Manage.
Select IPS Tag.
This will take you to the Change IPS Tag page. Enter the new TAG into the space provided and select Change IPS TAG Now to confirm your changes.
Once you have changed the IPS Tag, 123 Reg will remove the DNS and forwarding services for your domain in 48 hours. If your new provider does not set up DNS on their servers and update your domain within that period, your website may become unavailable. The domain will also be removed from your Control Panel as we cannot make changes to it once the tag has been changed.
Please note: it should only take a couple of minutes for this to update. However, some providers have a ‘handshake’ system where they will need to approve the transfer in and therefore the IPS tag may not update automatically. Please check with your new provider if they have this process in place, so that they can approve the transfer once you have changed the TAG.