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Getting Proof of Identity, and what to do if you can’t

Proof of identity is what separates a locksmith from someone assisting in breaking and entering. Some states, like California, require that locksmiths verify the identity of their clients before doing work, getting them to sign a work order form, and then keeping those work order forms for 2 years. ...
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Locksmith Marketing: Determining Your Market

Marketing for a locksmith is similar to any other type of marketing, and something that you will need to get comfortable with before you start diving into the rest of the business. You need to go into the business of locksmithing understanding that you are no longer just the ...
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Building Out Your Locksmith Kit

You can't do anything without tools. That's where your locksmith kit comes in handy. No matter what you choose for your niche, you are going to need to pick up the necessary tools. Each tool in a locksmith's toolkit is there to perform a specific task. Below, I've detailed ...
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Are Lockpicks Illegal In California?

Are Lockpicks Illegal in California? To answer the question specifically, we need to start by looking at California Penal Code 466. Without boring you to death with the actual text, essentially what it tells us is that if you have anything in your possession with intent to use it ...
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All About Locksmith Requirements In Your State

Understanding your states locksmith requirements can be... confusing... to say the least. It comes down to perception in a lot of cases. We as locksmiths have a skill set that is unique, that is scary to some, and that is highly overhyped. When people talk about locksmiths, they generally ...
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3 Easy Steps to Getting a Locksmith Apprenticeship in NYC

Getting a locksmith apprenticeship in NYC isn't a requirement for becoming a locksmith in NYC, but it is a good way to get your foot in the door, and learn the trade. The requirements for the locksmith apprentice license are not nearly as restrictive as the locksmith license, but ...
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Are Lockpicks Legal?

Are lockpicks legal to own? Are lockpicks legal to use? These are questions I hear frequently, and had myself when I was first starting out. The answer to the question is about as confusing as the ...
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Learn Locksmithing Today: Commercial Locksmithing

Once you have established your shop, and your skillset, you may decide to market yourself as a commercial locksmith. Nailing down these clients may be more difficult, but there is a major benefit that you should consider: You can charge more. I'm not saying go out and gouge your customers. ...
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Master Lock Picked Open with Cat Food Can Lid

As a locksmith, it is your job to stay up on the market. As a resource for all locksmiths, and apprentices, we here at Locksmith Training HQ want to make that easy for you. That's why we're posting this video by BosnianBill over at Lock-Lab.com. Watch as he...oh, don't ...
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Learn Locksmithing Today: Residential Locksmithing

Residential locksmithing is exactly what it sounds like. Locksmithing for private residences. Residential locksmithing is probably the most common type of locksmithing niche that you will see. Residential locksmithing does not mean non-commercial, though. In fact, the locksmith kit for a residential locksmith vs. that of a commercial locksmith ...
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