New Jersey’s locksmith licensing requirements and training requirements exist to prevent scammers from taking advantage of unsuspecting customers. The state will only allow you to become a locksmith in New Jersey if you meet its strict requirements – among some of the most stringent in the country, in fact.

All New Jersey locksmiths must be licensed, bonded and insured, and they must take continuing education courses to keep their licenses. Both employees and locksmith business owners must be licensed in the state, and they must renew licenses every single year. In other words, with licensing fees costing $150 per person, you only want to venture into a locksmith career in New Jersey if you are serious about pursuing the profession.

Requirements to become an Independent Locksmith in New Jersey:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have completed high school with a diploma or its equivalency
  • You must have good moral character and no recent major criminal convictions
  • You must have at least three years of hands-on employee locksmithing experience
  • You must apprentice as a locksmith for at least two years
  • You must pass a state locksmithing examination
  • You need contractor’s insurance in the amount of $10,000
  • You must complete eight hours of state-mandated New Jersey locksmith training
  • You must complete two continuing education credits every year to keep your license

To locate a testing center for the New Jersey locksmith exam, visit – where you can also schedule your test as well.

We know that New Jersey’s locksmith training requirements are a bit overwhelming if you are just getting started in your career. Note that the New Jersey Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee Office regulates and distributes locksmith licenses in the state, and you can contact them with any questions you may have.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
New Jersey Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee Office
124 Halsey Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(800) 242-5846
Committee Website

NOTE: Despite New Jersey’s strict requirements for locksmiths, it is also home to the oldest continuously meeting locksmith association in the world – The Master Locksmith’s Association. The association meets each month and is open to qualifying new members age 21 or older.  Furthermore, New Jersey’s over-the-top education requirements and licensure mandates mean its locksmiths are well-paid. Average reported income is higher than the national average – coming in at approximately $53,000 per year for the average New Jersey locksmith. However, some make even more. The top 10 percent make more than $65,000 annually.

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