States are Requiring Background Checks for Locksmiths

By Michael Klazema on 3/20/2012

Throughout the US, several states are now requiring locksmiths to not only be licensed, but to undergo state regulated background checks. Even when states don’t have requirements for locksmiths, some cities, like New York, NY, has made their own regulations on locksmiths. Currently there are eleven states that have some type of regulation for locksmiths. Many wonder why locksmiths are being regulated as they are but these professionals have skills that enable them to open locks that most people would have no idea how to manipulate. This gives them an open door for crimes such as theft and robbery.

Nationally, locksmiths that are members of the professional organization, Associated Locksmiths of America, are required to undergo background checks as well, but every locksmith is certainly not a member of this organization. The organization prides itself on high ethics and asks that their members do not use their skills in a way that would compromise public safety.

For companies who wish to background check their locksmiths, hiring a third party company like can make the process easier. This company has several products, like their US OneSEARCH which will search criminal records from all over the US, including terrorism lists. This product allows organizations to quickly search across the nation for criminal records, which lowers the odds of hiring somebody with a criminal past.

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