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

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 North Carolina

License Requirement

Somewhat Strict

Background Check

  • Authorization for state and federal release records
  • Completed and signed Authority for Release of Information for state and federal record check
  • Fingerprints required for background checks.

Education Requirements

  • Required to take the locksmith licensing exam after applying for license

Misc Rules

  • $338 fee

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 know if lockpicks are legal? We have a post for that.

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