Transferring an already registered domain name entails changing the company that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code TLD extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a security option, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain 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 removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.