Connecticut is one of a number of states that actually does not require a locksmith license. Instead, locksmiths must register with the state, and update and renew the registration biennially during every even-numbered year.
Completing your registration with the state will allow you to legally:
The registration process is fairly quick and easy. Before walking you through it, let’s first go over who is exempt from registering as a locksmith in Connecticut.
Connecticut license registrations are administered through Connecticut State’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). The following professionals are exempt from registration, as long as they do not use the title of “locksmith” while performing general locksmithing tasks:
Prerequisites for locksmith registration:
Before submitting your registration application, request an FBI background check, either online or by mail.
Send an electronic request to the FBI here.
FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306
What criminal history may get you disqualified?
The police commissioner may revoke or refuse to issue a registration if you have:
Lucky for you, there is no official exam that you need to pass to register as a locksmith in Connecticut. However, it’s highly recommended you complete one of the following three requirements to prepare for a career in locksmithing:
Where can you study locksmithing?
Associated Locksmiths of America — certification, test preparation, and practice.
To register as a locksmith, you must pay a non-refundable, non-transferable application fee of $200 to the DCP.
You can submit your company or individual application for locksmith registration (including your criminal background report and fingerprinting forms) to Connecticut State’s Department of Consumer Protection in person at this address:
Division 450 Columbus Blvd, Ste. 801
Hartford, CT 06103
If you live in Connecticut, take advantage of the fact that you do not need to obtain a locksmith license or pass a lengthy and expensive exam to work as a locksmith. These perks could help you save time and money if you are starting your own company or buying a locksmith business.
Once your business is established and you get registered, try using Workiz’s Locksmith Scheduling and Management Software to book jobs, send text updates to clients, collect and track payments, and optimize your advertising.