Transferring an existing domain entails changing the domain registrar that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS updates through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to take your domain. 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 option are locked by default the moment they are registered.