Locksmiths; transfers regulation thereof to State Board for contractors. (SB1359)

Introduced By

Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; Board for Contractors; regulation of locksmiths. Transfers the regulation of locksmiths and locksmith services from the Department of Criminal Justice Services to the State Board for Contractors. The bill also limits the licensing and registration fee to $200 and extends the license and registration period to five years. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091769316
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/04/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1359)
02/04/2009Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (6-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)


Jon Hudgins writes:

I'm not sure how this measure will keep the scammers and phony locksmiths from inundating the Northern Va. area as they had in the past, I don't think you have a grasp of what has already been passed. The object here is to strengthen the law, not water it down as you have proposed. Not smart.

Gary writes:

I oppose the move from DCJS to DPOR for several reasons

1. DCJS is much better equipped to deal with the phony locksmiths.
2. Locksmiths are more like the Alarm Industry than fingernail girls.
3. DCJS is much better at making sure that Locksmiths maintain there license number on all advertising and keep up with training requirements.
4. Most Virginia Locksmith are now Licensed. PS: I can assure you there will be no refunds.
5. So now you are talking about another $200.00 Dollars and forty dollars a year is not going to get us any enforcement.
6. Every other Locksmith in other States that I have spoken to wish that they had DCJS because there Attorney Generals are not doing anything to slow down or stop the scammers.
7. I agree that improvements can be made to this Law, but a death sentence is what some want by sending it to DPOR
8. First off the Law has only been in place for a few months second none of the legislation that I have seen yet is an improvement, just kill it. That the easy way out.
9. Protection of the public is the main reason for the Law, without enforcement it’s just another TAX.

I urge everyone to oppose this Bill HB2603.

Gary W. Ford, CRL
Eastern Safe & Lock Inc.
DCJS 11-5021
6826 Hill Park Drive
Lorton, VA 22079