License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Locksmith



Highlights

License required in 13 states
69th most burdensome licensing requirements
60th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Locksmiths repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.

Summary

Thirteen states require locksmiths to obtain licenses. Save for New Jersey's lengthy three-year-plus education/experience requirement, requirements are relatively consistent across states. Only three other states impose any education/experience requirement and never for more than 16 days. On average, aspiring locksmiths must pay $147 in fees and pass one exam.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 New Jersey $228 1,176 1 12 18
2 Tennessee $185 16 2 0 18
3 North Carolina $338 0 1 0 18
4 Illinois $165 4 2 0 18
5 Virginia $234 4 1 0 18
6 Oklahoma $75 0 1 0 21
7 Alabama $168 0 1 0 0
8 Louisiana $125 0 1 0 0
9 Texas $45 0 0 0 18
10 Connecticut $200 0 0 0 0
11 Nevada $75 0 0 0 0
12 California $71 0 0 0 0
13 Nebraska $5 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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