Transferring an active domain name involves changing the domain name registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new registrar company. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even try to snatch your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.