Transferring an active domain involves changing the company that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record modifications through the new registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most universal and country-specific top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even attempt to register your domain. The domain 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 the moment they are registered.