Transferring an already registered domain involves switching the registrar that provides the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS record modifications through the new company. The transfer procedure is standard with most universal and country-specific domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, 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 safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer procedure, so nobody can even attempt to snatch your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this option are locked by default the moment they are registered.