Transferring an active domain entails changing the domain name 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 domain registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even attempt to take your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domains that support this option are locked by default the moment they are registered.