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Locksmiths

All locksmith companies and individual locksmiths who provide services to the public must be licensed by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER). The department conducts a criminal background check of applicants before granting a license.

Licensees must comply with all requirements of the Locksmith Ordinance.

The Locksmith Ordinance defines a locksmith as any person who installs, repairs, rebuilds, rekeys, repins, recodes, services, adjusts, opens or modifies locks, mechanical and electronic security locking devices and peripherals, safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes, and closed circuit television systems.

Locksmiths and locksmith companies are required to have insurance, and to have proper identification from RER before performing any of these services.

Change of Ownership

In the event of a change in ownership of a locksmith business, a new application and fee is required. Corporations that have a change of 10 percent or more of its ownership shall notify the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources of the change no later than 30 days after the date of the change.

Business Changes

Changes in any material aspect of the locksmith business shall be provided to the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources in writing along with proof of the change and the required fee, if replacement of the registration is required, within 30 days of the change.

Office Location

140 W. Flagler St.
Suite 902
Miami, FL 33130

Locksmith Initial Individual or Business Registration

How to Qualify

Initial applicants must have been an apprentice locksmith for a minimum of one year or must provide documentary proof of being actively engaged as a locksmith or a locksmith supervisor for one year out of the 10 years preceding the application for a locksmith license.

Verification of employment or experience or both shall be completed by the individual’s supervisor or submission of at least three affidavits from persons affiliated with the locksmith industry attesting to at least one year of locksmith experience of the individual.

How to Apply

Any person(s) or corporation that operates a locksmith business in Miami-Dade County must apply in person Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Initial applicants must apply in person. Renewal applicants can apply in person or by mail.
Bring with you: 

  • Completed Locksmith Business Initial or Renewal Application  
  • Copy of current, permanent Occupational License
  • Articles of Incorporation/Fictitious Name Registration
  • Certificate of insurance with a minimum of $25,000 combined liability
  • Locksmith registrations with Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (each locksmith business must employ at least one certified licensed locksmith)
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate or affirmation

Initial applicants must complete a criminal background check and have two passport photos taken as part of the application process. Information regarding these requirements will be provided when the application is submitted.

If the application process is not completed within 60 days from the date that the application was filed with the Miami-Dade County, the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

Upon successful completion of the application process, each locksmith will be issued a license card that shall be displayed on the locksmith at all times when performing locksmith work, whether on or off the premises of the individual’s primary place of work.

Fees

Cash will not be accepted. Fees can be paid by check, money order or cashiers check made payable to Miami-Dade County. If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

Locksmith Individual or Business Renewal

Any person(s) or corporation operating a locksmith business in Miami-Dade County whose registration is expiring must renew at least 30 days prior to the expiration of current registration.

How to Apply

In person from Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or by mail.

Submit:

  • Completed renewal Locksmith Business Initial or Renewal Application 
  • Copy of current, permanent Occupational License
  • Certificate of insurance with a minimum of $25,000 combined liability
  • Locksmith registrations with Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (each locksmith business must employ at least one (1) certified licensed locksmith)
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate or affirmation

If the renewal application process is not completed within 60 days from the date that the application was filed with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

Fees

Cash will not be accepted.  The non-refundable fees can be paid by check, money order or cashiers check made payable to Miami-Dade County. If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

A late fee will apply to renewal applications submitted after the expiration of the current registration. The late fee is in addition to the renewal fee.

Locksmith Individual Application for Initial and Renewal Permit

Any person working as a locksmith in Miami-Dade County should apply Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Initial applicants must apply in person. Renewal applicants can apply in person or by mail.

How to Qualify


Initial applicants must have been an apprentice locksmith for a minimum of one year or must provide documentary proof of being actively engaged as a locksmith or a locksmith supervisor for one year out of the 10years preceding the application for a locksmith license.

Verification of employment or experience or both shall be completed by the individual’s supervisor or submission of at least three affidavits from persons affiliated with the locksmith industry attesting to at least one year of locksmith experience of the individual.

How to Apply


Submit the completed Locksmith Individual Initial/Renewal Application

Initial applicants must complete a criminal background check and have two passport photos taken as part of the application process. Information regarding these requirements will be provided when the application is submitted.

If the application process is not completed within 60 days from the date that the application was filed with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

Upon successful completion of the application process, each locksmith will be issued a license card that shall be displayed on the locksmith at all times when performing locksmith work, whether on or off the premises of the individual’s primary place of work.

Fee


Cash will not be accepted.  The non-refundable fee can be paid by check, money order or cashiers check made payable to the "Board of County Commissioners".  If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

A late fee will apply to renewal applications submitted after the expiration of the current registration. The late fee is in addition to the renewal fee.

 

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