Transferring an active domain entails changing the registrar that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record modifications through the new company. The transfer process is standard with most domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more registry organizations. It is a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer process, so no one can even try to take your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.