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

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 Connecticut

License Requirement

Somewhat Strict

Definition as Per State Law

“Locksmithing” means the inspection, installation, recombination, rekeying, service or repair of locks or locking devices, but does not include: The recombination or rekeying of locks or cylinders by an employee of a retail or wholesale establishment on an employer’s property; the installation, maintenance, repair or service of a vending machine; the duplication or selling of keys or selling of equipment used to duplicate keys at a retail establishment; or work performed by a person at such person’s own residence.

Background Check

  • A Criminal History Record report from the State of Connecticut, State Police Bureau of Identification
  • A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Identification Record / Criminal Background Check.

Education Requirements

  • None

Misc Rules

  • $200 Application fee, and $200 renewal
  • License expires every 2 years (even numbered years)

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.