Transferring an active domain entails changing the registrar company that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain involves several 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 registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even attempt to take your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.