Transferring an already registered domain involves changing the registrar that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS modifications through the new domain registrar. The transfer process is standard with most universal and country-specific Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security option, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry operators. It is a standard feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer procedure, so nobody can even attempt to register your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.