Do you need a license to be a locksmith?

You do not need a license to operate as a locksmith in the State of Ohio. Localities can make their own licensing system. The City of Cleveland and surrounding areas do not have such laws. Licensing has shown mixed results in other states. Many locksmiths complain that it’s simply another expense for them and it doesn’t prevent scammers. More importantly, they suggest that licensing doesn’t even help consumers. The police and prosecutes are too busy to pursue people locksmithing without a license.

Other forms of locksmith certification

There are several bodies that do certify locksmiths or provide vetted membership. ALOA is one of them. SOPL is another one