Transferring an existing domain involves switching the registrar company that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record modifications through the new company. The transfer process itself is standard with most domain name extensions. Certain 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. The domain lock is a safety option, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry organizations. It’s 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 no one can even try to register your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.