Transferring an active domain name entails changing the registrar that provides the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record modifications through the new registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to take your domain name. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.