Below is a brief overview for those interested in a quick glance at the laws and requirements for becoming a locksmith in Alabama.

If you’re interested in the details of how to actually follow through, you should look at our article “How to Become a Locksmith in Alabama

Locksmith License Requirements Rating

Strict and thorough

Definition Per State Law

Locksmith: A person or business entity that offers to undertake, represents itself as being able to undertake, or does undertake the installation or service of locks for motor vehicles or for residential or commercial use. The term does not include a person whose financial compensation from services as a locksmith for the installation or service of locks for residential use does not exceed five hundred dollars ($500) annually and who does not advertise for his or her services as a locksmith.

Background Check

  • Properly completed ABI (Alabama Bureau of Information) Form-46 and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint cards and required processing fees for an FBI criminal background report.
  • A new license cannot be denied if a criminal conviction is more than 7 years old – unless if the crime was directly related to locksmith profession.

Locksmith Training and Experience Requirements

  • Must have completed AESBL (Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure) approved locksmith certification class.
  • Must have passed a proctored or board approved exam – even to renew a license
  • Must annually finish 8 hours of continuing education units. These are checked after 2 years when the license has to be renewed.

Misc Rules

  • If a licensed Locksmith company has not had any complaints filed against them and they have not violated any rules and regulations for past 5 years, then they can get a waiver for the above continued education requirement for their employees. If the company only performs residential services, then this limit is reduced to 3 years.
  • Reasonable attempt should be made to confirm the ownership of houses, businesses and vehicles before performing services.

Use of Lockpicks and Similar Tools

Legal to own unless the intended use was to gain illegal entry or for theft; or used on a lock for which you didn’t obtain permission. You could also be charged with possessing burglary tools if you are in possession of lockpicks while committing a crime. Want to if if lockpicks are legal? We have a post for that.

Note: We are not lawyers. Make sure you verify this with your lawyer.