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 DoLocksmiths repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.
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.
States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations
More Burdensome Less BurdensomBased on data released in November 2017
|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|
|5||Illinois||14||$174||3||20 clock hours||1||0||18|
|6||Virginia||14||$75||3||18 clock hours||1||0||18|