Transferring an already registered domain entails changing the domain name registrar that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most universal and country-specific Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to take your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.