Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar company that provides the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS record updates through the new registrar company. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves a few basic steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even attempt to steal your domain name. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.