Transferring an active domain name involves changing the company that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry updates through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It is a standard feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even try to snatch your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.