Transferring an already registered domain name entails switching the domain registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record updates through the new company. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most generic and country-code TLD extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain involves several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even try to steal your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.