Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar company that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS resource record updates through the new company. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. 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 Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to snatch 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 feature are locked by default when they are registered.