We're not interested in taking people's domains for ourselves! You are still the only owner when it comes to your domain, and may do whatever you'd like with it. You don't have to host it with us, and if you decide to transfer the registration away from us, we won't attempt to stop you!
Of course is if your domain registration expires and you don't renew it, somebody else could and then you won't be the owner anymore. We can't stop that! And, if your domain is found to have been paid for with stolen funds, we reserve the right to freeze your domain name. But you probably have bigger problems than that if you're stealing credit card numbers on the Internet and using them to register domain names!
Once a registration has been transferred to DreamHost successfully, your old registrar cannot reclaim the registration without you explicitly approving a transfer back to them.
Unfortunately, getting the registration to transfer away from a registrar in the first place can be a bit more challenging.
Often, registrar's have a "lock" setting which they claim is to prevent unauthorized transfers of domains away from them. You'll have to contact your current registrar to figure out how to unlock your domain if they've locked it for you. It may be tricky, especially if you don't have access to your contact email address anymore.
Also, sometimes domains that aren't locked still just mysteriously fail to be approved away from the current registrar. Network Solutions/verisign is especially notorious for this. If this happens, the only thing to really do is try and re-try to transfer the domain from them, and to try and contact them about it. Unfortunately, registrars can be very unresponsive when it comes to outgoing transfers. :(
Last updated: Dec 13, 2002.