What to Know About Hiring a Locksmith

Hiring a locksmith entails giving someone access to some of the most personal parts of your life. This is why it is important to be especially diligent when deciding what locksmith to hire. With so many different companies available for hire, this decision can feel overwhelming—especially in emergency situations. As a trusted name in the Las Vegas community for over 20 years, we at A&B Security Group want to make sure you are not taken advantage of next time you have to hire a locksmith. Here are some useful tips from an interview we did with Contact 13 News.

Context Clues

The easiest way to determine if a locksmith is legitimate is through visual context clues. A locksmith that works for a reputable company will arrive in a car and uniform bearing the company’s name. Be wary of anyone claiming to be a locksmith who arrives in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle. It is also important to remember locksmiths are required by Clark County to have their license number (see ours) prominently displayed on the vehicle as well. These important contextual clues will help you immediately identify a reputable locksmith.

Get a Quote

Many people have been overcharged and ripped off by illegitimate locksmiths who advertise a low price, and ask for more money after the service is completed. Any professionally trained locksmith will be able to give you a quote on the price after examining the lock. This will ensure you know what you are going to pay up-front, and that you don’t experience sticker shock after the service is complete.

Ask for Identification

For a locksmith to be properly licensed to work, they will have to have completed a background check with the Sheriff’s Department. Always make sure to request a Sheriff’s card when hiring a locksmith. This will guarantee the person you are hiring is fully licensed and can be trusted to access your home or business. This also gives you the peace of mind to know the person is who they say they are.

We strive to provide the community with the best tools and information to protect some of the most valuable aspects of their lives. These tips will help ensure you receive legitimate, trusted service when you need it most.


  1. Bennett Fischer Dec 21, 2015 - 07:18 PM

    I always lock myself out of my home, and it’s so annoying having to call the police to come and help me out. I’d like to hire a locksmith to help me, but I’m not sure how to go about finding one. That being said, I really appreciate you giving me some insight about this and letting me know what things I need to know about hiring a locksmith. I’ll be sure to follow your tips and see who I can find. Thanks for this.

  2. Jeff Madison Feb 20, 2016 - 03:24 AM

    I really appreciated your tip on looking for context clues when hiring a locksmith. I imagine that the easiest way to identify a professional would the fact he wears a uniform or drives a company car. My wife and I recently had a break in and need to get our locks replaced, using these clues seems like a good way to be sure we hire a licensed professional to do the job.

  3. Simon Brooks Apr 09, 2016 - 02:53 AM

    I really like that you remind people that they can ask for identification when it comes to whether or not they want to hire a locksmith. Most locksmiths will be required to have some form of legitimization documents that can used to prove they have a real business. Calling the Better Business Bureau might help as well as they can tell you whether or not that business has had any trouble in the past and what the customer reviews are.

  4. Chrishickmott May 09, 2016 - 01:27 PM

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  5. Ridley Fitzgerald Nov 03, 2016 - 09:03 PM

    These are some great tips for hiring a locksmith. I hadn’t thought about the importance of getting a quote before, but that makes sense. It would be so frustrating to have unexpected fees at the end of the service, or something.

  6. Danni Black Nov 09, 2016 - 04:20 PM

    I didn’t know that locksmiths were required to have their license number on the car. I can see how that would be really helpful for the customer to know if they were legitimate or not. One of our keys recently broke inside our lock so we will need a locksmith to come and help us out with it. I’ll be sure to use these tips in my search.

  7. emily bennette Nov 18, 2016 - 02:37 AM

    Getting a quote before they arrive would be a smart thing to do. I know that I wouldn’t want to worry about overspending on a locksmith. It might be smart to find an affordable locksmith before you need one.

  8. Dennis Sanchez Nov 23, 2016 - 06:48 PM

    One of the locks in my home recently got jammed and I’ve been in need of a locksmith to help fix it. You mentioned that you should get multiple quotes, to ensure that you get the best deal. I figure that if I tell the locksmiths that I am getting multiple quotes, they might be more inclined to give me their best price. Definitely a great tip, thanks.

  9. Derek Mcdoogle Nov 23, 2016 - 11:03 PM

    In your article, you mentioned that a locksmith that works for a reputable company will arrive in a car and uniform bearing the company’s name. My wife called me at work this afternoon because she locked her keys in her car while she was out shopping. Do most locksmith companies offer emergency services to help with instances like this?

  10. Sarah Smith Dec 07, 2016 - 07:11 PM

    I need to get a new transponder key for my car, since I lost mine in a lake. Getting a quote is a great idea and can help you find the best price and know the cost upfront. Something else to consider is to get a locksmith that is local, since local places are often the most reliable and trustworthy.

  11. Luke Smith Dec 07, 2016 - 11:52 PM

    I didn’t realize that a locksmith needs to complete a background check with the Sheriff’s department before being allowed to work. It would definitely make sense to ask them for the a Sheriff’s card when you hire them to be sure they’ve followed the appropriate steps. I would imagine it could also be a good idea to ask for referrals from family and friends when you’re deciding which locksmith to use.

  12. Burt Silver Dec 12, 2016 - 03:32 PM

    My neighbors recently locked themselves out of their home. They had to spend the night in our guest room until the locksmith could come in the morning. I want to make sure I have a good locksmith on reserve in case we are ever in that situation. I like that you mentioned to make sure to get a quote beforehand. You don’t want to be surprised with a huge bill that you weren’t expecting.

  13. Jade Brunet Dec 27, 2016 - 09:02 PM

    It is good to know that getting a quote when hiring a locksmith is a good idea. It would be great to find someone who offers quality work for a low price. Something to think about would be to select a professional who can accomplish needed work without damaging the door or other surroundings.

  14. Jenna Hunter Jan 06, 2017 - 09:09 PM

    Yesterday we were robbed, no one was hurt only our 2 TVs were gone. We want to change the lock on our doors because there was no sign of a forced entry. I’ll be sure to steer clear of anyone claiming to be a locksmith who arrives in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle. I will be sure to do some digging before we call the lock company!

  15. John Ferrell Jan 10, 2017 - 01:19 AM

    I appreciate that you said that many people have been overcharged because they get an illegitimate locksmith. If I was looking for a locksmith then I might want to look at reviews for the person. I think that if you ask for identification then you might be more satisfied with the results.

  16. Trayson Evans Jan 11, 2017 - 07:42 PM

    Having a sheriffs card would show to me that the locksmith is trusted and registered correctly. As long as they have that card, I would be willing to trust them with my needs. I am glad that they are willing to work many hours of the day. I am dreading the day I mistakenly lock my keys in my car late at night.

  17. Baxter Abel Jan 11, 2017 - 11:39 PM

    I really like your tip to look into context clues when you are trying to decide if a locksmith is legitimate through visual context clues. I also like your tip to make sure you get a quote from a locksmith before you actually have a locksmith come out to do services for you. I’ve also heard that the internet can be a good resource for finding a locksmith.

  18. John Mahoney Mar 21, 2017 - 12:28 AM

    I agree that getting quotes when looking for locksmiths can help you find the one that suits you best. It is important to remember that planning ahead and choosing someone can help you know what to do and who to call when you need them. I would want to find someone that has the tools and experience to get the job done right and efficiently.

  19. Burt Silver Mar 30, 2017 - 06:03 PM

    Thanks for the tips on choosing a locksmith. I like that you mentioned to make sure you request a sheriffs card when talking to a locksmith. That way, you can make sure they are certified and trustworthy. I have been looking for a locksmith to have on reserve in case of emergency. I will keep this stuff in mind!

  20. Locksmith Doral Apr 15, 2017 - 05:32 AM

    I agree with whatever you have shared above.I will always go through tips when hire a Locksmith.

  21. Peter Johnston Apr 25, 2017 - 09:16 AM

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  22. Troy Blackburn May 09, 2017 - 02:40 PM

    I wasn’t aware of the fact that, for a locksmith to be licensed to work, they have to complete a background check with the local sheriff’s department. I’ve heard, too, that they have to pass annual certifications and tests that prove they know exactly what they’re doing in all certain types of situations that they could face. I’ll be sure to keep this great information in mind so that I can be sure to choose a great locksmith to help me replace a few locks in my home.

  23. Leviticus Bennett May 31, 2017 - 08:11 PM

    I like your tip to make sure that the locksmith has a branded car and uniform. Another way to make sure the locksmith is professional is to find out if they have a website. A good website is another indication that it’s probably legitimate.

  24. Ivy Baker Jun 01, 2017 - 12:23 AM

    I liked that you pointed out that a professional locksmith will be able to give you a quote after seeing the lock. As a new homeowner who is constantly losing her house keys that are a good thing for me to know. It would be awful if I had to be consistently paying a lot of money to get into my home.

  25. Locksmith Jun 06, 2017 - 07:06 AM

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  26. Allan Hill Jun 07, 2017 - 07:24 AM

    Great Work! I completely agree with your blog post which is regarding what to know about hiring a locksmith. This post is informative and straight to the point. Its’ very helpful to me and many other people’s who deal with locksmiths. We need to ensure that they have any physical address, qualified, licensed, well reputed and also check their online reviews. Keep sharing this kind of stuff.

  27. martinsztein Jun 16, 2017 - 10:44 AM

    It is informative, completely comprehensive and straight to the point. well done and thank you for sharing.

  28. Ernest London Jun 29, 2017 - 04:30 PM

    I like that you mentioned to be sure to get a written estimate for the job beforehand. That way, you can have a good idea of what it will cost. I want to find a locksmith to have on reserve in case I am ever locked out. I will keep this in mind as I search for one.

  29. Martin Sztein Jul 04, 2017 - 05:55 AM

    I really appreciate your work and you wrote very well. Thanks for sharing valuable information regarding locksmith. I completely agree that you defined when some locksmiths are coming to resolving your locksmith problem they agree to work with low money but after completing the services they demand more money. SO, in this situation, we should hire the licensed person and well-experienced locksmith. Keep sharing!

  30. Barbera Peters Jul 28, 2017 - 04:23 PM

    My sister got locked out of her car and I have the spare key. The bad part is that I am an hour and a half away from her, so she will need to call a locksmith. This is the first time me and her have ever looked into getting a locksmith to I wanted to see what to look for. You made a great point on how a professional locksmith would be able to give a quote after examining the lock and knowing what you will be able to pay up front. Thanks for the information, I will pass it on to my sister.

  31. LNweaver Jul 31, 2017 - 11:27 PM

    That’s a good point to get a quote. That way you’ll know how much you’re paying upfront. Like having insurance and licenses, being able to present a quote seems like a mark of professionality.

  32. Harper Campbell Aug 04, 2017 - 06:04 PM

    I like how you pointed out that when it comes to finding the right locksmith to help us be able to us in case of an emergency that we need to look for context clues. It’s good to know that when it comes to a reputable company that their employees will come in a company car and wearing a uniform, to help us know for sure if they are someone we can trust. It will make me feel comfortable to know that the person coming to help us is someone we will be able to feel comfortable with.

  33. LNweaver Aug 11, 2017 - 09:24 PM

    I didn’t know locksmith’s needed a license to work. I guess security is a sensitive field. There are even tools that only locksmiths can buy.

  34. Kylie Dotts Aug 17, 2017 - 02:54 PM

    It makes sense that a reputable car locksmith or locksmith, in general, would arrive with a uniform and in a company car. You can probably do some research before you hire the service to ensure that they are what you expect them to be. Talking to friends and family for recommendations and reviews and looking online would probably be the easiest way to do this.

  35. Sam Daniels Aug 23, 2017 - 08:57 PM

    These tips would definitely help us avoid locksmith scams, save money, and find a great locksmith service. The tip that you’ve mentioned that a lot will benefit from is to get a written estimate in advance. Thanks!!!

  36. Ashley Maxwell Sep 13, 2017 - 12:27 AM

    Thanks for your advice to look into locksmith services that have a company name and logo on their cars and equipment. I like how you said to make sure they can give you a quote for the price of the work they did on your lock. My parents are considering locksmiths for any emergencies they have where they lose their keys and need to get inside their house.

  37. Roger Middleton Sep 22, 2017 - 03:28 AM

    My wife has recently been having problems with the lock at her business in town and we’ve been a bit worried about what we’ll have to do when the key just doesn’t work. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to ask for identification and proof of their licensing before allowing them to do any work. If a problem ever does occur, I’ll be making sure that she gets identification from the locksmith before having him do any work.

  38. Taylor Bishop Oct 03, 2017 - 12:51 PM

    Thanks for the informative read on getting a locksmith. I’m glad that you mentioned that a locksmith who is trained can give you a quote of the price after looking at the lock. Not only that, but it seems like this could be a good opportunity to learn more about the price they gave and the different factors that were worked into the price.

  39. Theodore Winston Oct 04, 2017 - 03:10 PM

    Asking the right questions would help you understand and determine whether you’d want to hire a locksmith. It would also help your locksmith to understand what service would best fit your needs. Your property’s safety is the most important and everyone should be vigilant when hiring someone who would have access to your doors. Thanks for the great read!