To become a locksmith in the state of Alabama you will first need to obtain a license from the Alabama Electronic Security Board (ALESB).
They are responsible for reviewing all applications for business licenses related to electronic security. Even though you may only be working with conventional locks and not electronic locks, they now classify all locksmiths as “security professionals.”
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The Application Process
The first step in the application process is to fill out the AESBL Application Packet found here.
Along with the application, you are required to provide evidence of a policy of general liability insurance in the amount of at least $250,000.
The application fees change from year to year, but it is currently $41.50 for a new license.
Company. In addition to the application fee, you will be required to pay an annual administrative fee of $150 and a $150-$200 annual fee depending on whether you are a sole proprietor, LLC, or corporation.
Individual. In addition to the application fee, you will be required to pay a $25 annual fee.
To read the full licensure procedures set forth by the Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure Administrative Code, click here.
Required Training and Experience
Alabama is one of the more stringent states when it comes to training and certification requirements. In general, automotive, residential, or commercial locksmiths are required to complete the Proficiency Registration Program (PRP) of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) or the AESBL Locksmith Test for licensing.
There are more stringent requirements for electrical locksmiths, such as NTS Level 1 and/or NTS Level 2 equivalent.
YOu can find detailed requirements on Page 12 of the AESBL application.
Continuing Education Requirements
In addition to the above training, Alabama requires all locksmiths to obtain a minimum of 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 12 class hours of industry-related training. Be sure to check out our page on locksmith training for more information.
This page was intended to be a summary of the requirements to become a locksmith in Alabama. Please click here to read the full Alabama state legislature.