Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry modifications through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific Top-Level Domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain involves several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security option, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry organizations. It’s a standard feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even attempt to steal your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.