Transferring an active domain name entails changing the registrar company that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS record updates through the new company. The transfer process is standard with most gTLD and ccTLD extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even try to snatch your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.