Transferring an already registered domain entails changing the company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer process is standard with most universal and country-specific domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, 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 feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry organizations. It’s a standard feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to steal your domain. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.