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Locksmith

License required in 14 states

79th most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

77th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Locksmiths repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.

Licensing

Fourteen states require locksmiths to obtain licenses. On average, these laws require aspiring locksmiths to pay $167 in fees, demonstrate 54 days of education and experience, and pass about one exam—the 79th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied here. The occupation is the 77th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary across states. The most burdensome state, New Jersey, requires locksmiths to prove about 732 days of education and experience (two years of experience as an apprentice and 10 hours of education), pay $217 in fees, pass an exam, be 18 years of age, and have graduated from high school. In contrast, Nebraska, the least burdensome state, requires only payment of a $5 fee.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 New Jersey 14 $217 732 10 clock hours 2 years 1 12 18
2 Tennessee 14 $338 16 30 clock hours 40 clock hours 1 0 18
3 North Carolina 14 $338 0 1 0 18
4 Louisiana 14 $318 0 1 0 18
5 Illinois 14 $174 3 20 clock hours 1 0 18
6 Virginia 14 $75 3 18 clock hours 1 0 18
7 Alabama 14 $190 0 1 0 0
8 Oregon 14 $180 0 1 0 0
9 Oklahoma 14 $74 0 1 0 0
10 Texas 14 $63 0 0 0 18
11 Connecticut 14 $243 0 0 0 0
12 California 14 $69 0 0 0 0
13 Nevada 14 $62 0 0 0 0
14 Nebraska 14 $5 0 0 0 0