Are you thinking about working as a locksmith in Louisiana? If so, whether you are a business owner or an employee, you will need a locksmith license. This article will give you an overview of the license application process, providing you with the steps necessary to submit your application and details regarding where to take and study for the prerequisite examination.
Locksmith licenses (for businesses and for individuals) are administered by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (SFM).
To obtain a business license:
To obtain an employee license:
Both businesses and employees must go to their local law enforcement offices and get a fingerprinted and complete a background check. You will pay a fee of $38. Read more about it here.
What criminal history can get you disqualified?
Typical crimes that may disqualify you are convictions relating to locksmithing and violent assault charges. You should still apply if you do have a record.
All qualifiers of a company and locksmith employees must pass an accredited locksmith licensing examination.
Where and how to pass the licensing exam?
SFM has partnered with the Associated Locksmiths of America, which provides study materials and administers the locksmith licensing exam for the State of Louisiana.
All qualifiers must have at least one of the following certifications:
The following courses are required:
All technicians must have one of the following certifications:
Resources to study:
Once you become a member of ALOA, you will gain access to books, DVDs, webinars, and more study material.
To obtain a locksmith license, the following fees should be paid to the SFM via check or money order:
Locksmith applicants should print, complete, and mail or deliver the application forms to the following address:
Office of the State Fire Marshal,
8181 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Obtaining the Louisiana locksmith license is the first step to begin a successful career in locksmithing. The next step is to make sure that you enter the field with the appropriate tools and equipment. Familiarize yourself with the essential locksmith tools every technician needs. These tools, parts, and gear will prepare you to work inside homes, commercial buildings, vehicles, and with dvanced security and lock systems. This list will also save you from wasting money on things you don’t need as a beginner.
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