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Maryland Locksmith Licensing Program

The offices of the Maryland Locksmith Licensing Program are open and serving our customers through our online licensing resources, via e-mail and telephone, and by limited in-person appointments. Please note, walk-in assistance is not available. You may send your questions and concerns to our general e-mail address and your message will be routed to the appropriate person; or

Schedule an Appointment

Use Labor’s Central Scheduling System to meet with a representative from one of our boards or commissions. Please select the type of appointment you need from our list of available in-person services using the drop-down menu on the scheduler. You will receive an e-mail confirming the date and time of your appointment.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at our offices located at 500 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please enter the building using the Calvert Street entrance and arrive at least 10 minutes early before your scheduled appointment time.

The Maryland Locksmith Licensing Program is accepting applications from businesses, including sole proprietors, seeking to become licensed. See the “Licensing Applications” feature on our website to download an application.

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 compensation in:
  (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.

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Maryland Locksmith Licensing Program
500 N. Calvert Street, Third Floor Payment Center
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
410-230-6159
e-mail: DLOPLLocksmiths-LABOR@maryland.gov