The Maryland Locksmith Licensing Program is accepting applications from businesses, including sole proprietors, seeking to become licensed. Review and print a licensing packet. (PDF document, 354KB, download Adobe Acrobat for free)
Title 12.5 of the Business Regulation Article, Annotated Code of
Maryland, also known as the "Maryland Locksmiths Act" sets forth the requirements for the
licensing and regulation of businesses or commercial entities that "provide locksmith services" in
Maryland. The term is defined in Section 1-101 of the Act as follows:
(h) "Provide locksmith services" means to engage professionally and for
(1) repairing, rebuilding, rekeying, repinning, recombinating, adjusting,
or installing mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical locking devices, safes, vaults,
or safe deposit boxes; or
(2) operating a mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical locking device
or opening safes, vaults, or safe deposit boxes by a means other than that intended by
the manufacturer of such locking devices.
Locksmith businesses that must obtain a license to operate include corporations,
partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and sole proprietors.
Employees who do hands-on work as defined above do not need a license to be hired or to continue
working. However, employees are required to undergo a criminal background check, the results of
which may have an effect on employability.
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Maryland Licensing of Locksmith Businesses
500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202