Transferring an active domain entails switching the domain name registrar that provides the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS record modifications through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to steal your domain name. The lock can be removed 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.