Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several 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 registry operators. It’s a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to register your domain. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.