Transferring an active domain involves switching the company that provides the registration service, so after the transfer, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record modifications through the new domain registrar. The transfer process is standard with most generic and country-code Top-Level Domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It’s a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer procedure, so nobody can even try to take 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 the moment they are registered.