Transferring an already registered domain name involves changing the company that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record modifications through the new domain registrar. The transfer process is standard with most domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves several necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a security feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to register your domain name. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.