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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 business circumstances.

• Employees of the locksmith agency must be at least 18 years old.

• Must carry the state issued identification card at all times.


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