Transferring an active domain name entails switching the company that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry modifications through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain is locked, it won’t be possible to start 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 and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.