Transferring an already registered domain involves changing the domain name registrar that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record updates through the new registrar. The transfer process is standard with most Top-Level Domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety option, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It is a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to snatch your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.