Internet Provider Security
Internet Provider Security (IPS) tags are used by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to allow control of the Domain Name System
Domain name system
The Domain Name System is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities...

 (DNS). An IPS tag is the case sensitive label that applies to each ISP and is required to transfer domain names from one ISP to another. All ISPs are allocated these tags when they apply to become an ISP.

The meaning of IPS tag was created and lost with Nominet UK's predecessor the Naming Committee, however it is widely accepted that it probably stands for Internet Provider Security Tag.

The term "IPS" is now considered obsolete by Nominet, and has since been replaced by the term "registrar".

Transferring your domain name from one registrar to another requires the original registrar to change the IPS TAG to that of the new registrar. A domain name owner can't change this tag themselves, only the registrar. Hence delays often occur when transferring to a new registrar as the old one has no reason to rush the process through.

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