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 Florida“
Definition Per State Law
Locksmith shall mean any individual who for compensation, wages or salary engages in locksmith work and who has received a license under this article. This definition shall not include any person whose activities are limited to making a duplicate key from an existing key.
- The applicant must provide fingerprints for background checks.
- Must not have been convicted in past 5 or 10 years, depending on the type of felony
Previous Work Requirements
- Locksmith apprenticeship for 1 year
- Exception: If worked as a licensed locksmith for 1 year in past 10 years
- “An individual who performs locksmith services for himself or herself or for his or her immediate family members without compensation.”
- “shall not apply to motor vehicle repair shops, mechanics and technicians who service, install, repair, or rebuild automotive locks”
- Insurance: Minimum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) in combined liability insurance
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.