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 Oregon“
Exceptions to License Requirement
- Key duplication at a fixed location
- Representative of lock manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer.
Definition as Per State Law
“Locksmith” means a person who services, installs, repairs, rebuilds, rekeys, repins or adjusts locks, hardware peripheral to locks, safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes or mechanical or electronic security systems.
- Past criminal history and details of conviction required.
May be disqualified for license if convicted for any of the following:
- Assault in the first degree
- Unlawful sexual penetration
- Arson in the first degree
- Robbery in the first or second degree
- Burglary in the first or second degree
- Theft in the first or second degree
- Theft by extortion
- Aggravated theft in the first degree
- Test to be completed online.
- $60 application fee
- $60 test fee
- $60 license fee
- Must also have a Residential Construction Contractor License.
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.