Some registrars make it harder to transfer, it might mean :-
1. You have to initiate a process via
their "Support" services.
2. You are asked to explain your
reasons for transferring.
3. Some may make a charge to
4. Some might demand a short
window of opportunity & hamper
5. Something else (I've forgotten or
not encountered it, yet!).
It is best to transfer a domain at least two months before it expires, with your current registrar, because :-
Complications can arise during transfer, which delays the transfer, and it renews. You are now stuck with them for another year.
You will need to disable the WhoIs protection -
and eMail addresses in public view. This will mean unwanted attention from advertisers, spammers and fraudsters. (see NOTES, below)
I have an eMail address reserved for these occasions. I first change my contact details, in the interface with my old registrar, to the naff eMail address
(this can be scrapped & replaced, when the mail gets too heavy).
It might be worth opening a free eMail account just for this.
I just create a new one, on one of my other domains/sites.