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 Virginia“
- Fingerprints Required
- Criminal History Supplemental Form Required
- 18 hours course, excluding examination
- 4 Hours in-service Training
- Insurance or Bond required per 9.1-144
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: Possession can be considered prima facie evidence against you, so you may be required to fight this in court. We are not lawyers. Make sure you verify this with your lawyer.