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Locksmith License

The Locksmith Ordinance defines a locksmith as any person who installs, repairs, rebuilds, rekeys, repins, recodes, services, adjusts, opens or modifies locks, mechanical and electronic security locking devices and peripherals, safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes, and closed circuit television systems.

Licensees must comply with all requirements of the Locksmith Ordinance.

Note: Persons who perform electrical work as part of their locksmith services may also require a County or State contractor license.

Businesses

Every locksmith business operating within Miami-Dade County must secure a registration. Fingerprints and a criminal background check will be conducted. Certain criminal backgrounds of the business owner result in ineligibility for registration. Each locksmith business must have at least one licensed locksmith in its employ.

Individuals

Each individual who provides locksmith service must secure a license. Fingerprints and a criminal background check will be conducted. Certain criminal backgrounds result in ineligibility for a license. Additionally, to qualify for an individual locksmith license, first-time applicants must have held an apprentice locksmith permit for a minimum of one year or must provide documentary proof of being actively engaged as a locksmith or a locksmith supervisor for one year out of the 10 years preceding the application for a locksmith license.

  • How to Apply & New/Renew Business Registration

    Any person, partnership or corporate entity that wants to operate a new locksmith business in Miami-Dade County must apply in person, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Renewals will be accepted in person or by mail.

    What to bring:

    • Completed New/Renewal Locksmith Business Registration Application
    • Locksmith Experience Affidavit Verification of employment, experience or both shall be completed by the individual’s supervisor, or submission of at least three affidavits from persons affiliated with the locksmith industry, attesting to at least one year of locksmith experience of the individual.
    • Solicitud Para Inscribir Un Negocio De Cerrajero
    • Copy of current County Local Business Tax Receipt (also Municipal Business Tax Receipt if applicable)
    • Articles of incorporation/fictitious name registration
    • Certificate of insurance with a minimum of $25,000 combined liability
    • Individual locksmith licenses issued by the Office of Consumer Protection (each locksmith business must employ at least one licensed locksmith – separate Individual locksmith application required.)
    • New/Renewal Locksmith License Application
    • Workers’ Compensation Certificate or affirmation
    • Copy of owner's driver's license

    Applicants must complete a criminal background check ($24.00) as part of the application process. Information regarding these requirements will be provided when the application is submitted.

    If the application process is not completed within 60 days from the date that the application was filed, the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

    Change of Ownership
    In the event of a change in ownership of a locksmith business, a new application and fee is required. Corporations that have a change of 10 percent or more of its ownership must notify the Office of Consumer Protection of the change no later than 30 days after the date of the change.

    Business Changes
    Changes in any material aspect of the locksmith business must be in writing along with proof of the change and the required fee, if replacement of the registration is required, within 30 days of the change.

    Each application for registration, renewal registration and duplicate registration must provide the required documents. Any person or corporation operating a locksmith business in Miami-Dade County whose registration is expiring must renew at least 30 days prior to the expiration of current registration.

  • New/Renewal Individual License/Apprentice Permit

    Individuals who do not currently qualify for a locksmith license due to lack of experience may obtain an apprentice locksmith permit. This allows the individual to work for a registered locksmith business, under the supervision of a licensed locksmith (direct supervision is required for the initial 120 days of employment). Fingerprints and a criminal background check will be conducted. Certain criminal backgrounds result in ineligibility for a permit.

    Frist-time locksmith applicants must have been an apprentice locksmith for a minimum of one year or must provide documentary proof of being actively engaged as a locksmith or a locksmith supervisor for one year out of the 10 years preceding the application for a locksmith license.

    Verification of employment, experience or both, shall be completed by the individual’s supervisor or submission of at least three affidavits from persons affiliated with the locksmith industry, attesting to at least one year of locksmith experience of the individual.

    How to Apply
    First-time applicants who want to provide locksmith services (or work as an apprentice) in Miami-Dade County must apply in person, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Renewal applicants may apply in person or by mail.

    All applicants must complete a criminal background check and have photos taken by the Office of Consumer Protection as part of the application process. Fingerprints and a criminal background check will be conducted.

    Upon successful completion of the application process, each locksmith will be issued a Locksmith ID card that must be displayed on the locksmith at all times when performing locksmith work, whether on or off the premises of the individual’s primary place of work.

  • Fees

    • Locksmith Business Fee: $391.00
    • Certified Locksmith Fee: $40.00
    • Apprentice Locksmith Fee: $30.00
    • Background Check Fee: $24.00

    Cash will not be accepted. The non-refundable fees can be paid by check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to Miami-Dade County. If applying in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (Amex, MasterCard and Visa are accepted). 

    A late fee of half the cost of the registration will apply to renewal applications submitted after the expiration of the current registration. The late fee is in addition to the renewal fee.

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Locksmith

    It is the intent of this article to seek to secure the satisfaction and confidence of customers and members of the public when utilizing a locksmith by regulating locksmiths and locksmith businesses. It is further the intent of this article to protect customers and the members of the public from unscrupulous locksmiths, persons purporting to be locksmiths, and persons who would use locksmiths to gain unauthorized access into residences, motor vehicles, and commercial establishments belonging to members of the public. In a time when home invasion and car theft are a common occurrence, it is the intent of this article to assure that persons possessing locksmithing tools have legitimate purposes for possessing such tools and that locksmiths use their knowledge and skills, whether knowingly or unknowingly, for only lawful business purposes.

Phone Number(s)

Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Consumer Protection

    601 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
    18th Floor
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Regulatory and Economic Resources
Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128
786-315-2000786-315-2000

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