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Locksmiths

All locksmith companies and individual locksmiths who provide services in Miami-Dade County must be licensed by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER).  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.

How to Qualify

Businesses

Every locksmith business operating within Miami-Dade County must secure a registration. The owners/principals of the company must provide fingerprints, and a criminal background check will be conducted. A fingerprint card will be provided to the applicant for completion at a Miami-Dade County police station. Certain criminal backgrounds of the business owner result in ineligibility for registration. Each locksmith business must have at least one licensed locksmith in its employ. See below for additional business registration requirements.

Individuals

Each individual who provides locksmith service must secure a license and must provide fingerprints, and a criminal background check will be conducted. A fingerprint card will be provided to the applicant for completion at a Miami-Dade County police station. Certain criminal backgrounds result in ineligibility for a license. Additionally, to qualify for an individual locksmith license, first-time applicants must have held an apprentice locksmith permit 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.

New/Renewal Locksmith Business Registration

How to Apply

Any person(s), partnership or corporate entity that wants to operate a new locksmith business in Miami- Dade County must apply in person, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Renewal applicants may apply in person or by mail.

Office Location

Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
Consumer Protection
601 NW 1ST Court
18TH Floor
Miami FL 33136

What to bring:

  • Completed New/Renewal Locksmith Business Registration Application
  • Copy of current County Local Business Tax Receipt (also Municipal Business Tax Receipt if applicable)
  • Articles of incorporation/fictitious name registration
  • Certificate of insurance with a minimum of $25,000 combined liability
  • Individual locksmith licenses issued by the Office of Consumer Protection (each locksmith business must employ at least one licensed locksmith – separate Individual locksmith application required.)
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate or affirmation
  • Copy of owner's driver's license

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

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 must notify RER’s Office of Consumer Protection 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 must be 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.

Each application for registration, renewal registration and duplicate registration must provide the required documents. 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.

Fees

Fees can be paid by check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to Miami-Dade County - CP. Cash is not accepted. If applying in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express).

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

NEW/RENEWAL IINDIVIDUAL LOCKSMITH LICENSE / APPRENTICE PERMIT

How to Qualify

Individuals who do not currently qualify for a locksmith license due to lack of experience may obtain an apprentice locksmith permit. This allows the individual to work for a registered locksmith business, under the supervision of a licensed locksmith (direct supervision is required for the initial 120 days of employment). The applicant must provide fingerprints, and a criminal background check will be conducted.  Certain criminal backgrounds result in ineligibility for a permit.

Frist-time locksmith 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

First-time applicants who want to provide locksmith services (or work as an apprentice) in Miami-Dade County must apply in person, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Renewal applicants may apply in person or by mail.

All applicants must complete a criminal background check and have photos taken by the Office of Consumer Protection as part of the application process. A fingerprint card will be provided to the applicant for completion at a Miami-Dade County police station.

Upon successful completion of the application process, each locksmith will be issued a Locksmith ID card that must 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

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

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

For additional information please contact license@miamidade.gov or 786-469-2300

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Locksmiths

  • Locksmith Business Fee: $370.00
  • Certified Locksmith Fee: $37.00
  • Apprentice Locksmith Fee: $27.00

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