Transferring an already registered domain name involves switching the domain registrar that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS resource record modifications through the new company. The transfer procedure is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to take your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.