Transferring an existing domain name involves switching the registrar that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS entry updates through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific TLD extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It’s 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 take your domain. The domain lock can be annulled 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 when they are registered.