Transferring an already registered domain name involves changing the domain registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even try to register your domain name. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.