Locksmith License Requirements By State

Locksmith licensing can be a controversial topic, with some members of the locksmith community firmly behind it and others just as firm in their opposition. The pro-licensing argument is that unqualified locksmiths will be driven out of business, while...

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The licensee is held responsible for the activities of the licensee's employees. Licensing is handled through the Oklahoma State Department of Health, http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/ol/info.html.

The Oklahoma Master Locksmiths Association (www.omla.com) held five special training sessions for its members as new licensing requirements took effect in early 2007. The Health Department is now in process of license implementation. The grandfathering period ended March 31, 2007.



Locksmiths must be registered or licensed with the Tennessee Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance.

Unlicensed persons are prohibited from possessing, using, selling, or offering to sell any code book, lock picking tool, manipulation key, try-out key, safe opening tool, car opening tool, or to design, make, manufacture, or install any master key or system of change keys and master keys.

A locksmith is required to obtain personal identification from a person requesting service before opening a vehicle or real property. The information must be on a work order or invoice and available for law enforcement with a proper court order during normal business hours.

A written and practical exam is required, as are background checks.

The Middle Tennessee Locksmiths Association also includes licensing information on its web site, http://www.midtnlocksmith.org/



Texas locksmiths must register with the Texas Board of Public Security, (www.txdps.state.tx.us. Proof of liability insurance and background checks are required.

A locksmith company or locksmith may not unlock a structure, motor vehicle, or other property unless the customer shows the locksmith government-issued identification, and provides a signed authorization stating that the customer is entitled to legal access to the structure, vehicle, or property.

The Texas Locksmith Association (www.texaslocksmiths.org) monitors legislation, licensing, and regulation to look after the interests of locksmiths in Texas . Licensing forms can be downloaded on the TLA web site.


CLA Helps Expose

Unlicensed Locksmiths

Recently KGO 7 News in San Francisco investigated a serious problem involving one particular unlicensed locksmith. In one case he charged a burglary victim over $5,000.00 to “repair” the door and frame, in what can best be called shoddy workmanship. In a second case, he charged over $3,000 to rekey nine locks.

California Locksmith Association members were happy to lend assistance in a variety of ways, including locating a suitable location for a hidden camera sting, providing skilled locksmiths to critique the aftermath of the unlicensed locksmith, and expert commentary.

We are outraged that out of over 2,300 “locksmiths” that appear on the AT&T Smartpages, only 58 are licensed locksmiths, says the CLA. Since being made aware of such problems, Verizon has deleted over 10,000 bogus listings from its online directory.

California Locksmith Association, www.cla4u.org

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