The internet whois database will allow you to find out the registrant of any domain name. This tool is especially useful when transferring your domain name, as you need to know the registrant contact email address and whether or not the domain name is listed as "locked" and it is also helpful if you want to find the owner of a domain name. Registrants may however choose to pay an additional fee to the registrar to have these details made private.
If your domain is locked, it cannot be transferred, unless you login to your current registrar and "unlock" first. If your registrar has listed themselves as the registrant email address, you need to contact them to update the email address and check by performing a whois search, that your email address has been updated.
Click here to find out information about who the registrar and registrant are for Australian domain names. Australian domain names end in .au and can usually only be registered by Australian businesses, companies, organisations and government departments.
Type in the domain name with extension and you will get registration information for the Australian domain name that you have entered.
Whois for Global domains (ie. com, .net, .org, etc)
click here to find out the domain name information. You must put in the domain name extension in your whois search.
Wrong whois details
The whois search says that my company domain is registered to the previous owner or website developer, what can I do?
Depending on the situation, you may have to request a change of legal ownership or have your registry records updated by your registrar. Transferring an AU domain name does not change the ABN/ACN or the original registrant name in the registry. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your particular situation and we will advise you on your options.