Locksmith License Limited Exemption for Alarm Company Licensees, Qualified Managers, and Registrants

Locksmith License Limited Exemption for Alarm Company Licensees, Qualified Managers, and Registrants

Assembly Bill 759, an urgency measure, was signed by Governor Brown on May 13, 2014, and is effective immediately.

AB 759 provides a limited exemption from Locksmith licensing requirements, as specified, to any person licensed, certified (qualified manager), or registered with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services under the Alarm Company Act.

The Locksmith license exemption applies only when the duties of the alarm licensee, qualified manager, or registrant that constitutes locksmithing are performed in combination with the installation, maintenance, moving, repairing, replacing, servicing, or reconfiguration of an alarm system, and is limited to work on electronic locks or access control devices that are controlled by an alarm system control device.

Locksmith duties performed beyond the scope of the limited exemption of AB 759 would continue to be subject to Locksmith licensing and registration requirements. Further, any locksmith duties performed beyond the specific exemptions of this bill would constitute unlicensed activity.