Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security and Locksmith Act Summary
• Creates a licensing Board under the Department of Professional Regulation.
• Licensed required of armed employees, private detectives, private alarm contractor or
agency, locksmiths, private detective (contractor or agency).
• The practice of locksmithing is defined as “includes, but is not limited to, the
servicing, installing, originating first keys, re-coding, manipulation, or bypassing of
mechanical or electronic locking devices at premises, vehicles, safes, vaults, safe
deposit boxes, or automatic teller machines.”
• Does not apply to state or national government officers, credit bureau, insurance
agent, employment verification, hardware retailers, automobile alarms, remodeling
contractors, lock manufacturers, maintenance employee.
• Requirements: at least 21 years old; not convicted of a felony within the last 10
years; not incompetent, or have a history of alcohol or drug dependency; not
dishonorably discharged from the armed services, successfully passed an exam
authorized by the department; proof of insurance sufficient for the individual’s
• Employees of the locksmith agency must be at least 18 years old.
• Must carry the state issued identification card at all times.