Transferring an already registered domain name entails switching the company that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most universal and country-specific top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to steal your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.