Transferring an already registered domain name entails switching the registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new registrar. The transfer process is standard with most generic and country-code Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry operators. It’s a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even attempt to steal your domain name. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.