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Locksmith License

Miami-Dade County 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.

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

Anyone seeking a locksmith license must submit fingerprints and have a criminal background check conducted. Certain criminal backgrounds of the business owner result in ineligibility for registration.

Businesses

Every locksmith business operating within Miami-Dade County must secure a 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. Additionally, first-time applicants must have held an apprentice locksmith permit for at least one year or 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.

  • New business and renewal registration

    Any person, partnership or corporate entity that wants to operate a new locksmith business in Miami-Dade County must apply in person.

    Renewals will be accepted in person or by mail.

    What to bring:

    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 individual and renewal registration / 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. 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
      • Late fee for renewal: $195.50 (in addition to renewal fee)
      • Replacement of registration: $17.00
    • Apprentice Locksmith Permit fee: $30.00
      • Late fee for renewal: $15.00
      • Replacement of registration: $7.00
    • Certified Locksmith fee: $40.00
      • Late fee for renewal: $20.00
      • Replacement of registration: $7.00
    • Background check fee: $25.00

    Cash is not accepted. The non-refundable fees can be paid by check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to Miami-Dade County. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted when applying in person.

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Locksmith Licenses

    Individuals and businesses must seek a locksmith license.

Phone Number(s)

  • Consumer Protection - Licensing Section
    786-469-2300786-469-2300
  • TTY
    711711

Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Consumer Protection

    601 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
    18th Floor
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ***Initial and renewal applicants must be signed in by 3:30 p.m.
Regulatory and Economic Resources
Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128
305-375-2877305-375-2877

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