Transferring an active domain name involves switching the registrar company that provides the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry updates through the new company. The transfer procedure itself 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 involves a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to steal your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.