Transferring an already registered domain involves switching the company that handles the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS resource record updates through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most generic and country-code top-level domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few 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 standard feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even try to steal your domain name. The domain 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 functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.