Transferring an active domain name entails switching the company that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS updates through the new registrar company. The transfer process is standard with most universal and country-specific domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few basic steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to register your domain. The domain lock can be removed 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.