Transferring an active domain entails changing the company that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most universal and country-specific domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The 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 Domains. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer procedure, so nobody can even attempt to take your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.