Domain names may be registered directly with us, or via an Accredited Registrar. A registrar is a third party registration agent with direct access to our registry interface. (Not all registration agents are accredited – some of them may be resellers of other registrars).

Please note that registration services, nameserver provisions, web-hosting and email handling are all different things, and you may either (a) register a domain with one company and use one or more other suppliers for those other services, or (b) use a single company for everything.

If you want to find out your registrar is, you should check the WHOIS. You can do this either by using the query box at the top of the page, or with your favourite WHOIS client. If it says "Direct (Legacy)", "Direct (Self-Management)" or "Direct (Community)" as the registrar then the domain name is registered directly with us. Otherwise it will show the name of the registrar and a URL for more information about that registrar.

Transferring from a direct registration to an Accredited Registrar.

If you want to transfer your domain from CHANNELISLES.NET (Island Networks Registrar Ltd) to an Accredited Registrar we are more than happy to assist.

You can do this as follows:

If your domain name is in our legacy system please contact us and we will send you the transfer authorisation code to give to your new registrar. If the domain is in the automated self-management system, you should log into your account (where you can get the code immediately).

If you are not sure whether the domain is in self-management or not, please use a WHOIS query to check.

Transfers from one registrar to another.

If your domain name is currently registered through an Accredited Registrar and you want to transfer to another accredited registrar (other than us) you must follow the procedures specified by those companies.

Under the Registrar Agreement, all Accredited Registrars have an obligation to assist Registrants in their choice of registrar.

If you experience any difficulty at all in transferring your domain name, you should address your complaints to the company concerned in the first instance. If, despite having done this, you find you are unable to change your Registrar within a reasonable time, you may request us to make the transfer. There is a charge of £10 for this service. We will expect you to have exhausted your avenues of complaint with the registrar(s) concerned first.

Transferring from another registrar back to CHANNELISLES.NET

If you want to transfer a domain name that is currently registered with an Accredited Registrar to a direcl registration with CHANNELISLES.NET this is only possible in some circumstances (such as when an existing registrar has stopped trading and has not specified a replacement registrar).

If you consider you have a reason to transfer your domain name into direct management of the Registry please contact us for advice.