Transferring an active domain name involves changing the domain registrar that handles the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS resource record updates through the new registrar company. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even attempt to snatch your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.