Transferring an already registered domain involves changing the company that provides the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several basic steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody 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 option are locked by default the moment they are registered.