Transferring an existing domain entails switching the domain name registrar that handles the registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record modifications through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most universal and country-specific top-level domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even try to snatch your domain name. The domain lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.