Locksmithing In California

The State of California's Department of Consumer Affairs, through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), issues licenses and regulates the locksmith industry. There are two types of licenses, one for business owners and one for employees. Locksmiths who work with customers must be licensed.

Locksmiths who charge more than $500 for any single job are also required to have a license from the Contractor's State License Board (CSLB).

Califolrnia business owners register with the Franchise Tax Board and obtain a resale tax ID.

In most jurisdictions business owners must obtain a business license. If they are working out of their home, in the case of a mobile locksmith, they may need to get special permission for a home occupancy business as well. Check with the City or County Clerk where the business is located to get information on obtaining a business license.

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