Transferring an already registered domain name entails switching the company that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry updates through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, 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 not be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even attempt to take your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.