Transferring an active domain name entails changing the company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer procedure, so no one can even try to register your domain name. 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.