Transferring an already registered domain involves switching the domain name registrar that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS modifications through the new registrar company. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to take your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.