If you have a criminal background you should check with the State before you proceed. The Department of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division – Private Security Bureau (PSB) in Texas are regulating Locksmithing, which means you will need a license to become a locksmith. There are a few convictions that can be overlooked by the Private Security Board.
There are 2 ways of becoming a licensed locksmith in Texas:
?An inexpensive way is to find a reputable lock shop that belongs to a trade association and work as an apprentice for a couple of years. Lock shop will register you with the State and get you a locksmith pocket card so you are legal.
?Take a 48 hour basic locksmith course, attend an approved locksmith trade school (must include a specific curriculum consisting of approximately 600 hours of class time) and work for a licensed lock shop for one year full-time.
Passing a federal background check allows you to start your own locksmith business, your work experience and/or education will also be verified and you will need to maintain a general liability insurance. As a Locksmith you will also need to complete a continuing education unit each year to maintain your license. You may not realize how diverse this profession is but locksmiths do far more than cutting keys and tinker with locks. Below are some of the things that a locksmith do:
?Automotive services – car lockouts, key cutting, transponder key programming, remote programming, key duplicating and more
?Masterkey and re-key locks
?Install & service door closers
?Install & service door hinges
?Key impressioning & lock picking
?Install & service locks and keys for furniture, cabinets & office equipment
?Recommending hardware to properly secure whatever a customer requires
?Educate consumers about the difference between various lock types, manufacturers and the quality difference between grades of locks
?Drill & bore holes in door & frame for lock installation
?Install & service safes, change combinations, manipulation, etc
?Install & service safe deposit box locks
?Install commercial fire exit locking devices
?Forensic locksmiths specialize in investigative positions and often help law enforcement officials
Visit www.autlocksmithfinder.com to look for a locksmith near your area using your zip code.