The state of New Jersey has both locksmith business licensing and locksmith licensing for employees. For aspiring locksmiths who want to put up a business then take note that the Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee Office has been requiring and licensing locksmith businesses since January 2008 where license costs $150 and will be valid only throughout the end of the year. That means every year they have to renew the license as well.
That being said, we recommend you to contact the Advisory Committee Office at (973) 504-6245 for more questions and concerns regarding business licensing. Otherwise, here are the steps for you to take if you want to become a licensed locksmith in New Jersey after obtaining locksmith training and apprenticeship.
- You must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent certificate, and of good moral character with no 1st, 2nd or 3rd-degree criminal convictions in the last 10 years to apply for a locksmith license.
- Next, complete a locksmithing exam at least three years prior hands-on locksmith experience (working as a locksmith employee) and serve an apprenticeship for at least two years. You’ll need to maintain a surety bond (form of contractor’s insurance) of at least $10,000.
- On top of that, during those three years preceding the submission of application, you should have successfully completed two hours of training in the Barrier Free Subcode, N. J. A. 5:23-7, two hours of training in the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N. J. A. C 5:23, exclusive of the Barrier Free Subcode, two hours of training in the Americans with Disabilities Act Code, 36 C. F. R. 1191, and lastly, two hours of training in the industrial safety.
New Jersey Locksmith Associations
This may sound too challenging but what we recommend you do to make this an “easier” challenge is to join the Master Locksmith Association of New Jersey (MLANJ) to help you get familiar with these kinds of experiences as well as point you in the right direction for having the suitable locksmith training and education to get your license as quick as possible. Other major associations to contact include:
Institutional Locksmiths Association
New Jersey Chapter
PO Box 3388
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
New Jersey Locksmiths’ Association
PO Box 941
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
North Jersey Master Locksmiths Association
c/o Shaw’s Lock Service
74 South Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, New Jersey 07621
South Jersey Locksmiths Association
Eugene George, Pres..
PO Box 735
Williamstown, New Jersey 08094
Email: georgeslok (at) aol (dot) com