Transferring an already registered domain involves changing the company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS 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 several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry operators. It’s a standard 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 snatch your domain. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.