Transferring an active domain involves switching the registrar company that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, 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 procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to steal your domain. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.