Locksmiths work with a wide range of locks, from simple ones to sophisticated devices and complex security systems. Because of the nature of their work, they need to be familiar with the different types of locks and stay updated with technological advancements. They should also be comfortable using heavy construction tools such as drills and grinders.

However, a local locksmith’s skills should not be limited to making and repairing locks. Having experience with electrical work and carpentry is also crucial for professionals who offer locksmith services. Of course, they can only start providing those services once they secure the required certifications and licenses for a locksmith.


To be a locksmith, an individual needs to be licensed with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). This means the locksmith will be subjected to a background check. They also need to be licensed contractors with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB).

It’s important to remember that companies that offer locksmith services should have a contractor’s license. Without it, they are not allowed to work on projects that cost over $500. The only way for companies to be legally allowed to work on larger projects is by obtaining the said license.

There are at least 2 different license classifications that locksmith contractors can get. One is the D-16 license, which is under the C-61 limited specialty classification. This is a basic license that only focuses on safes, locks, and hardware. C-61 classifications are typically easier to obtain compared to other classifications.  When a locksmith company obtains a C-28 license this indicates that they have grander knowledge base and specialize in locksmithing services in addition to doors, access control, security equipment, hardware, and so on.


locksmith cracks a lockThere are many different industry certifications a locksmith company can pursue.  For example, a local locksmith with certification from the AAADM (American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers) can install and service automatic sliding, swing and folding doors. They can also conduct the annual inspection for automatic door owners.

If a locksmith services provider is certified by Intertek, they possess the ability to re-certify or re-label fire doors in the field.

Why does a local locksmith need licenses and certifications?

Locksmiths are granted access to customers’ homes, offices and sensitive security information. Since they work in high-security areas, clients and employers should be able to trust that their chosen local locksmith is reliable and qualified.

As stated earlier, most states require locksmiths to secure a license before they can practice their trade. In addition, they need voluntary certification to show that they have reached high standards for experience and training.


The fact that a local locksmith has been licensed AND holds several certifications should tell you that they have undergone extensive training and at least one background check before they can handle the job. This gives any client much greater confidence once they hire a professional for all kinds of locksmith services.

Additionally, licensed and certified locksmiths who hold a license with the CSLB as well, are the best security partners as they meet the necessary insurance requirements to pass larger project pre-qualification processes and work with businesses, government entities, other contractors and larger corporations.  A fully insured, professional locksmith company ensures protection from liability for all involved.  This protects you, the customer, at all times.