As a consumer you should take the following steps to ensure that you engage the services of a reputable and licensed locksmith or their employee:
- Contact the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) They can verify that the locksmith is licensed by the State of Maryland.
- Ask to see the photo ID Locksmiths are required to provide each employee with a photo- identification card. This identification must list both the license number and the expiration date of the license belonging to the licensed locksmith.
- Get a quote Make sure that the locksmith provides you with a quote of the cost of services before any work is started.
- Get a receipt Upon completion of the work, the locksmith must provide an invoice or receipt which documents the quote provided before service; the actual cost of the service paid ; the address where the service was performed; the type of lock serviced, and the vehicle identification number if applicable.