Transferring an existing domain name entails switching the company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS modifications through the new registrar. The transfer process is standard with most universal and country-specific Top-Level Domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few basic steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more registry organizations. It’s a default 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 no one can even attempt to steal your domain. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.