This might sound like a newbie question but I'm genuinely curious. Why can't we transfer out domains that are within their 60 day period after initial registration aka handregs? I've been into domaining for as long as I can remember and back in the day this was never questioned, it was ICANN policy. I believe it was in 2016 when they made some (relatively big) changes that would allow you to opt out of locks after transfers, owner changes etc. Yet I never questioned the newly registered domain 'rule'. It's common knowledge right? Now let's see. Today I registered a domain. I automate a lot so I have my backend scripted to alert me as soon as a domain comes up eligible for transfer. Funnily enough I get a notice right after registration. I was thinking it was a bug so I spent an hour or so going over my code. No surprises there. Next step I pulled the whois and EPP status code and to my surprise it showed as status 'ok'. This basically means I will be able to transfer out the domain. So I decided to check out ICANN, questioning myself, doubting my own knowledge. On one of their FAQs (https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/name-holder-faqs-2017-10-10-en) they state: There are certain situations that can prevent a domain name from being transferred to a different registrar, such as a new registration. Your registrar may deny a transfer request if the domain name is within 60 days of initial registration. So this makes me questioning the 'new registration' 60 days lock. Is it a lock imposed upon us by the registrars rather than ICANN policy? If so, not taking into account it's a good security measure, why do registrars always point out ICANN policy as ICANN basically leaves it up to the registrars? Am I misinterpreting this? So the question is, why do they limit us in our fair use of our domains which benefits only the registrar, not the domainer?