Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS updates through the new company. The transfer procedure is standard with most domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even try to snatch your domain name. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.