Skip to Main Content

Apply for an Original License - Locksmiths

Supporting documents for an original license application:

Complete the application and send all supporting documentation to:
Maryland Locksmith Licensing Program
500 N. Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651

Application process

Please see General Information - Locksmith Licensing Process (Word) for instructions on how to complete the forms and obtain your license.

Additional Requirement for Licensure: Criminal Background Check

The owner or designee is required to undergo a full state and federal criminal history record check through the Criminal Justice Information System Central Repository. There is a separate fee that will be handled by or paid to the fingerprinting location.

As a condition of employment, all employees who provide locksmith services on behalf of a licensed business must undergo the same background check. Employees who do not provide such services are not bound by this requirement.

The Maryland Locksmiths Act empowers the Department to deny a license to an applicant who under the laws of the United States or of any state, is convicted of a:

  • Felony; or
  • Misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to be involved in providing locksmith services;

OR

  • Knowingly employs or knowingly continues to employ an individual who, under the laws of the United States or of any state, is convicted of:
    1. a felony that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the employee to be involved in providing locksmith services; or
    2. a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the employee to be involved in providing locksmith services

License Period: Two-year period from the date of issuance.