Transferring an already registered domain name involves changing the registrar company that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS modifications through the new company. The transfer process is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer procedure, so nobody can even try to take your domain name. The 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.