Transferring an already registered domain name involves changing the registrar that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS resource record updates through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few 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 default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to take your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.