Transferring an active domain entails changing the domain registrar that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most universal and country-specific TLD extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer procedure, so nobody can even try to take your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.