Transferring an already registered domain entails switching the domain registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS record updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer process is standard with most generic and country-code Top-Level Domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to register your domain name. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.