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

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 Illinois

License Requirement

Strict and thorough

Background Check

  • Fingerprints required for extensive background check/information purposes.
  • Exception: If the person can verify their employment, current or retired, as a peace officer.

Education Requirements

Misc Rules

  • Each applicant must submit proof of at least $1,000,000 of 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.

Exception: Bump keys

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