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Who needs to be certified?
Any person who services, installs, repairs, rebuilds, rekeys, repins or adjusts locks, hardware peripheral to locks, safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes or mechanical or electronic security systems, unless exempt.

Locksmith printable information flyer
Click here to download a printable Locksmith flyer.

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Who is exempt from certification?
Exempt Individuals and Businesses include the following:
  • Key duplication services at a fixed location
  • Class A or B limited energy technicians working within the scope of their licenses
  • Tow truck operators working for certified tow truck businesses
  • Construction contractors if not advertising locksmith services
  • Manufacturer of manufactured structures
  • Property owner or owner’s employee working on owner’s property
  • Property management company working on managed property
  • Real estate property manager or employee working on managed rentals
  • Landlord or landlord’s agent
  • Manufacturer of locks
  • Representative of lock manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer

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About the test
The online Locksmith Certification test consists of 80 questions using the following reference materials:
          The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing 6th Edition
          Author: Bill Phillips
          Publisher: McGraw Hill
          ISBN number: 978-0-07-144829-1
          The Locksmith Dictionary © 2009
          Developed by the Lock Industry Standards and Training Council
          Click here to download/view
The CCB uses the “test to 100%” to test competency and as an adult learning tool.  Questions answered incorrectly during the initial test will be displayed at the completion of the 80 questions. You will have an opportunity to review those questions, use the hint to locate the correct material and answer again until you have answered all questions correctly.
The testing fee is $60.
Interruption of internet connectivity: If you experience connectivity problems, your test will resume with the questions that were left to answer.

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Applying for a Locksmith Certificate.
The online application process is a 7-step process.
     1. You must register for an online service account.
     2. You must request Locksmith Certification as an online service.
     3. Fill out the application.
     4. Pay for the application and the test.
     5. Take the test.
     6. Complete the Criminal History Information.
     7. Pay for the two-year certification.
Click here to begin the certification process.

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Renewing a Locksmith Certification
The online Locksmith Certification renewal is an online, 4 step process. The "Renewal Certificate" button is only accessible 45 days prior to your renewal date.
  1. You must log into your online service account and select "Locksmith Certification".
  2. Select the "Renew Certificate" button and verify your current personal information.
  3. Pay renewal fees.
  4. Complete the Criminal History Information.
Click here to renew your Locksmith Certification now.

You must have internet connection and be able to pay the renewal fee using a credit or debit card.

The cost to renew your locksmith certification is $60. The certificate is valid for 2 years.

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Providing criminal history information.
The Locksmith Certification online application process requires an applicant to provide information regarding criminal history. Conviction of any of the following crimes in the past seven (7) years or being on post-prison supervision or parole may disqualify a candidate for certification as a locksmith:
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • Unlawful sexual penetration
  • Arson in the first degree
  • Robbery in the first or second degree
  • Burglary in the first or second degree
  • Theft in the first or second degree
  • Theft by extortion
  • Aggravated theft in the first degree
Disclosure of these specific crimes during the Criminal Background Information step will stop the certification process. You will be instructed to submit specific documentation relating to the crimes to the CCB for review. Any fees paid are not refundable.
The CCB takes seriously omissions or misrepresentations on any application for certifications or licensing. Failure to disclose the required information may result in a civil penalty up to $5,000 and revocation of your certification. By submitting the information you are certifying the information is true and complete.

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Locksmith Certification Fees/Requirements
First-time Certification:  
      $60 Application
      $60 Testing
      $60 Two year certification issuance
      $180 Total
Certification Renewals:
      $60 Two year certification issuance
You must have internet connection and be able to pay fees using a credit or debit card.

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Oregon Law on Locksmith & Locksmithing
HB 3127 was passed by the Legislature in 2009.  It required the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) to set up a locksmith certification program by January 2010 and makes working as a locksmith without a proper Oregon certification illegal, effective July 1, 2010.
  • ORS 701.475 to 701.490
  • OAR 812-030-0000 to 812-030-0300 and 812-005-0800

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Click Here to view Frequently asked questions about certification, testing and staying in compliance.

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Power point: Understanding Locksmith Certification
Click Here to view a slideshow on Locksmith Certification.

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