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

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 Texas

License Requirement

Strict and thorough

License Note

  • Unarmed Sub-type of Private Security License

Background Check

  • Deep Background Check Performed
  • Disqualified if Fugitive from Justice for Felony or Class A or B misdemeanor

Education Requirements

  • Successful completion of a department approved forty eight (48) hour basic locksmith course; AND
  • Successful completion of a department approved six hundred (600) hour fundamentals of locksmithing course


  • Two (2) consecutive years of full-time locksmith related experience

Misc Rules

  • Minimum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) 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 know if lockpicks are legal? We have a post for that.

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