Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar company that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even try to take your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this option are locked by default the moment they are registered.