Transferring an active domain name involves changing the domain registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to register your domain. 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 when they are registered.