Transferring an already registered domain involves changing the domain registrar that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS modifications through the new registrar company. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer procedure, so nobody can even attempt to register your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.