Transferring an existing domain involves switching the registrar company that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS resource record updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer process is standard with most gTLD and ccTLD extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even try to steal your domain. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.