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How to Verify a Locksmith License in California


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In the state of California, locksmiths are required to be licensed and carry a card as proof of licensing with them at all times. Locksmith licensing is issued and regulated by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, which is part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The state offers two types of licenses and outlines special rules and guidelines for various kinds of locksmiths working in the state. The BSIS allows you to search for locksmith licensing in California by number, business or employee name, license type, and more. You can find a locksmith’s license number on the card that they carry with them, or it may be available on their business website.

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Ask for Licensing Information

The locksmith that you work with should be able to present a card or provide you with their license number for verification purposes and should do so willingly and without a lot of questions. You can then use the license number to look up their registration. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

• Go to the Department of Consumer Affairs License Search website at https://search.dca.ca.gov.

• Choose License type: “Locksmith Company”.

• Enter as much information as you can, but at least the license number or business name to ensure that you find the right locksmith service.

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• You can check the result and view detail to see whether the license is still valid. Once you’ve performed the search, the website will tell you whether the license is valid for the locksmith that you are researching. You can also use the site to find licensed locksmiths in your area, guaranteeing that you choose a provide that is appropriately licensed and professionally registered.

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  1. Choose the “Advanced search” dca advanced search

  2. Select your city in “City” section; and license type as “locksmith company”

You can enter city name, e.g. “Los Angeles” to find licensed locksmiths in LA. You will find 951 locksmiths.

select city and locksmith

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Search locksmith license by company name

You can also directly enter the business name to search.

Resources

https://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/online_services/verify_license.shtml

https://californialocksmithsassociation.org/

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