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