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How Much Does a Locksmith Cost?

low costLow: Copying a Key Runs $1.50-$4+average costMedium: Re-keying Locks Runs $5-$25 per Lockhigh costHigh: Installing Locks Run $20-$30 per Lock
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of having a locksmith make a "house call" when you've locked yourself out of your home or vehicle varies considerably depending on location, type of lock and time of day, but starts with a minimum charge (also called a mobile fee) of $35-$150 for coming to you. Service on evenings, weekends or holidays can go as high as $150-$250, particularly in high-priced or remote areas and depending how much time and work is involved. Some locksmiths include most standard lock-out services in their house-call price; others charge a lower minimum but additional fees for specific services, such as drilling out the lock. Having the locksmith rekey or replace the locks adds to the total cost.
  • Locksmiths typically charge $1.50-$4 to copy a standard key, but they may charge $3-$20 or more for specialized keys, and it can be $50-$175 for vehicle keys with an electronic or transponder chip.
  • To come to your home and re-key your door locks, a locksmith will usually charge a minimum fee of $40-$100 plus anywhere from $5-$25 per lock cylinder.
  • To come to your home and install new door locks that you supply, a locksmith will usually charge a $40-$100 minimum fee plus labor charges of $20-$30 per lock.
Related articles: Door Lock, Key Copy, Exterior Door

What should be included:
  • Locksmith licensing requirements vary widely between states; in some states locksmiths have to pass an exam and in others, states they simply have to pay a licensing fee. Professional locksmiths should have insurance, plus a substantial investment in equipment and inventory. A locksmith hosts videos discussing how locks work[1] and the standard types[2] of locks.
Additional costs:
  • When getting estimates over the telephone, ask detailed questions about what is included or you may end up with a much higher bill than expected. A locked-out homeowner[3] was quoted $55 on the phone for coming to her home, but ended up with a total bill of $200. In addition to the service charge of $55, she was billed $85.85 to break in (drilling the lock), $15.15 to uninstall the old lock, $5.55 for a new lock, and $15.15 to install the new lock, less a $25 discount both for paying cash and because the locksmith arrived later than promised.
Shopping for a locksmith:
  • If you're locked out of your car and have a roadside assistance service, call that service first. Roadside assistance plans often have a list of companies pre-approved to unlock cars.
  • If possible, call several locksmiths for their rates. Try to give as many details as possible about what you need done (such as the brand of lock and whether it's a metal or wood door, or the make, model and year of the vehicle).
  • Ask about the locksmith's training and experience, whether the company is insured (in case your property is damaged during the process), and if there will be additional charges for after-hours work or other fees. Search for certified locksmiths with the Associated Locksmiths of America[4]
  • When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification, including a business card and, if applicable, a locksmith license (locksmith licenses are required in nine states -- Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas). The locksmith may ask to see your ID, in order to verify your identity and that you are the property owner.
  • The Federal Trade Commission warns against locksmiths that appear local but operate deceptively in wide-ranging areas with an 800 phone number, and without proper professional training. The FTC offers tips[5] for hiring a reputable locksmith.
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24hour locksmith
Amount: $115.00
Posted by: stuart in omaha, NE.Posted: February 2nd, 2015 10:02PM
Type of Service: car lockNumber of Locks: 1
This is a crooked company.24 hour locksmith in Omaha ne.
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24/7 LOCKSMITH SERVICE/EXPRESS LOCKSMITH / 24/7 MR> LOCKSMITH / NON STOP LOCKSMITH? not sure who was in my home 702-577-3422 - 702 508-9091 - 702 505-9151
Amount: $165.00
Posted by: F U scum in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: January 4th, 2015 04:01PM
Type of Service: pick lockNumber of Locks: 1
Quoted 15 for visit, 29.99 for labor and he got here quick enough. Fiddled with door for 10 seconds then said I will have to do it this way. so he slide in screw driver no pick or drill and said 165.00? I just about hit the roof but I paid! I then called back to ask for license and bonding information as the website said licensed and bonded. I was told I have to call back tomorrow. Tried to call back to get address and the message said that "this number can not be reached from your area"? So I called the 888 number got "mail box is full". I tried to contact using links on the websites but they were blank emails no address. Upon calling Mr. 24/7 FL, I was told I would have to call back the first number from a different phone. I emailed BBB and called my bank ASAP. I just paid you and you block me? numbers don't work? Stopped payment and filled complaint all within a an hour. They got 20 cash and 64 on a check. but not the 80 credit card and my bank is aware of these companies.12/15
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Those who are upset that it took just a few minutes and were charged...
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tank in Nashville, TN.Posted: December 15th, 2014 04:12PM
Type of Service: locksmithingNumber of Locks:
Those who are upset that it took just a few minutes and were charged X amount of dollars, might stop to think what it took to get to the point that a locksmith can do it that quick. There is a huge amount of professional training and tool cost, not to mention vehicle cost. I hate scammers like you all do, but please.....We have to make a living and if we all charges $20 fpr any job, then there would be no locksmiths.
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Locked out of office room
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: SC in San Francisco, CA.Posted: December 10th, 2014 10:12AM
Type of Service: PicklockNumber of Locks: 1
$35 to come out. $90 to pick the lock.
All things considered, this seems like a ridiculous amount of monies, but I was strapped on time and needed to get an animal that was locked in that room, out. Unfortunately we didn't have a key...we need to invest in new doorknobs with keys to the lock... :P
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Lost Keys
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Tanisha Smith in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: November 19th, 2014 06:11PM
Type of Service: Drill lock and put new onesNumber of Locks: 2
These 24 hour lock smith's are a real rip off. In situations like these you are frantic and they really take advantage of you. I feel like I wasted my money and they obviously overcharged me. How can they do this to people???????
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Locked out of bedroom
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: Anna, k in Oakley, CA.Posted: November 3rd, 2014 08:11AM
Type of Service: Unlock bedroom doorNumber of Locks: 1
Called for a quote to unlock bedroom lock, 2nd lock done by this company. Was quoted $14 to come out and $35 up depending on the lock. When the locksmith called realized same guy who came out before and didn't like his demeanor, and lack of professionalism. Called the dispatcher back and she said they hadn't been out here before. Guy comes to the door and it's the same one. He told us 185 to unlock the door for 5 minutes work after he handed me a receipt pad, (with no company name or any other info) and had me write my name and address. When I asked what costs $35 he said nothing. Then I said the woman dispatcher said 35 and up so something costs 35, then I asked again, "what costs 35?", again he said nothing. I said I'm not paying 185, he kept going down until he hit 100. Wanted cash or a credit card. I ended up saying no so he said 35 for the trip. I said no it's 14, he said 35 so I called the dispatcher, she said 14 so we gave him 14 and told him to leave. Horrible!
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Marina Del Rey locksmith
Amount: $238.00
Posted by: Andrew K in Marina Del Rey, CA.Posted: October 14th, 2014 11:10PM
Type of Service: Door lockedNumber of Locks: 1
Took about 5 minutes said he didnt charge me an emergency (late night fee) so 65$ for car and then the rest for his service I see lot of people saying less alot saying more. The security guard for my place said that more than once the company charge 1000$ so im happy
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Amount: $15.00
Posted by: Harry L in Northbrook, IL.Posted: August 24th, 2014 03:08PM
Type of Service: NONENumber of Locks: 0
They came in, said the service would be $160 because they had to drill. I said no, paid him the $15 "service" fee and sent him running.
He called his boss, lowered to $80! I said no. He lowered even more and said picking and bumping were a thing of Hollywood! I found a window in the basement and kicked my way in - much cheaper to replace. He still came back offering his tools, likely to charge me for it later.
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He drilled the lock out and installed new one
Amount: $540.00
Posted by: Sergey V. in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: July 26th, 2014 05:07PM
Type of Service: outside lock drillingNumber of Locks: one
Saturday, 07/26/14, 5 pm. I called Lockstmith. Technician came in 30 minutes. Drilled the lock out from outside, installed new hi security lock and charged me $540 in cash only!
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Do not use 24/7 Locksmith in Boxborough MA
Amount: $180.00
Posted by: DeniseMQ in Boxborough, MA.Posted: June 8th, 2014 09:06PM
Type of Service: Bathroom lockoutNumber of Locks: 1
In my 1 bathroom apartment, it accidentally locked without us in it. The locksmith said it would be $19 + $35 service charge, but when he got here quoted me $245.
I said for him to leave and he wouldn't. I told him 3 times to leave and he still refused. I ended up having to pay $180 for him to open the door.
There is no reason this should have cost this much.
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Amount: $35.00
Posted by: Keith (Kwick-Picks) in Ledbetter, KY.Posted: April 16th, 2014 10:04AM
Type of Service: LockSmithNumber of Locks: 0
Im a certified locksmith & charge to pay for my training, equipment & business license fee ea yr. I work alone & not for a big company. I charge $35 to come out M-F during business hours & $50 nights after 5pm & weekends for lockout service & If I can't get you in non-destructively, you pay nothing! I will not drill a lock. These other "Smith's" are a ripoff & giving us honest one's a bad rep! Call SMALL locksmiths that work for themselves. Not on-line or dispatchers. Whether it be your auto or house, I'll get u in cleanly & there's no hidden fees. Service calls are $25/$40(week days/nights & weekends) and its $10 per lock for whatever service u need, whether it be picking, bypassing, or rekeying. Installing new construction devices is a tad higher because it involves cutting mortises, aligning & drilling & cleaning up the mess, but most services are $10ea which almost always only takes 3 - 30 mins. If u can't get a def quote on the phone, call someone else. A man's word is his bond
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Ripped off by Interstate Locksmith. Inc. & Marro & Son Locksmiths
Amount: $205.54
Posted by: neil feigeles in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: February 14th, 2014 10:02AM
Type of Service: Change of lockNumber of Locks: 1
Called up Interstate via their ad in the yellow pages. Was informed that their would be a $59 service call. That that fee would be subtracted from the total bill, whatever that meant...(EG new lock, parts & labor). Plus, 'Gary' arrived 2 days later, asked Gary, about a senior citizen discount, he said 10%. But, once he was finished, was charged for both. Stupidly, didn't look at bill, till after he had left. Didn't receive either, discount. Finally, when we called the original phone number, which was printed in the ad in the yellow pages, today. I was informed (using a different phone) that the service call fee was $49. Somehow thats changed, and that, that fee was not subtracted from the final bill. Amazing. Two different days, two different stories. Total rip off.
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Fees for Locksmith Services-cont.
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: locksmith in springfield, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2014 03:02AM
Type of Service: heads upNumber of Locks: 0
I hope what I have shared with you helps you to understand the legitimate costs associated with locksmith service(s), BUT, so many of these reak of theft! Just think and listen to your inner voice that is telling you that you are being scammed and call the police. A real locksmith knows that when we help you in your hour of need and treats you fairly,that you will gladly accept a business card for future service. Good will goes a very, very long way. (I actually carry a minimum of two auto keys on my person 100% of the time....OK, 97% to allow for bathing.... :P)You're smart, so be up front boldly about prices before they leave to come your way. Best wishes.....Bob
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Fees for Locksmith Services
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Locksmith in springfield, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2014 03:02AM
Type of Service: Food for thoughtNumber of Locks: 0
To Continue---Scammers are the "drill the lock" people because they aren't locksmiths, with rare exception: Such as the Kwikset Smart Key lock, maybe. Additionally, regarding some fees, both during the day and after hours, there may be a mileage fee if outside a few mile radius. These rates should be made clear when talking to a dispatcher. Some posts talked about taking so long to arrive. If they have to drive some distance, the mileage covers gas and wear and tear on the service vehicle. Some have to go retrieve their service vehicle from their place of business, so that eats up time, too. One post said a service tech had to drive 25 miles...that is 25 miles times 2 = 50 miles. So, it is easy to see how some of these cited charges seem exorbitantly criminal, but in reality, prices add up! Still....scammers are scammers and should be sent on their way WITHOUT paying them a penny...(here, definitely call for a policeman/woman because the unscrupulous person came to steal from you.
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Fees for Locksmith Services
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Locksmith in Springfield, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2014 03:02AM
Type of Service: Food for thoughtNumber of Locks:
It is obvious that most, if not all, of the experiences posted here are blatant ripoffs! My suggestion is if you experience this type of occurrence, call for a policeman to come. There is a scam nationwide and you should not fall prey to: "My service man will have to tell the price when he gets there and sees the job." Clearly a scam: hang up immediately! Use local businesses that you know if possible. Having said that, here are a few heads-up pointers to consider regarding pricing. Some service calls are after normal business hours, so the bonafide locksmith will be on after-hours rates, which are generally a bit higher. It is standard to have a "trip charge" simply to come to your location. If it is a simple lockout, a nominal additional fee (which should have been quoted to you on the phone because a REAL locksmith has books/software telling us how to get into a vehicle and short of high security locks, a REAL locksmith should rarely have to drill a lock! More to follow---
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Amount: $129.00
Posted by: Real Lock Expert in Charlotte, NC.Posted: February 6th, 2014 05:02AM
Type of Service: lock outNumber of Locks: 1
You people have to realize this is skilled labor, I understand the scammers with drills, but for an expert to open your deadbolt without damage in minutes is worth the $129
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Cheated- Locked out of the appartment
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Venkat001 in Newbrunswick, NJ.Posted: December 28th, 2013 09:12AM
Type of Service: Number of Locks: 1
I forgot to get the keys and cam out of my appt. It got locked. Called the locksmith guy and asked him to open the door and not to break the lock. To open the door he asked for 145+25 for call service. after bargaining for few min he said 100 minimum in cash. when we agreed he started working on to unlock. He could not unlock the door without damaging the lock. Finally he had to break the lock. Which will cost me additional 65 -100 for replacement. what's the point of calling locksmith guy if he is gonna break the lock. Even i can do that. Felt cheated.
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Amount: $146.78
Posted by: cheated by locksmith in BRENTWOOD, TN.Posted: November 13th, 2013 01:11PM
Type of Service: KEYS IN LOCKED CARNumber of Locks: 1
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truck lock out
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: renegotiateit in bristol, CT.Posted: October 18th, 2013 11:10AM
Type of Service: unlock doorNumber of Locks: 1
well he tried to hit me for 100 to do a 3 minute job but after I told him 2 leave he changed his tune and did the job for 65 .amazing how people change when the thought of the job being lost goes through their head
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Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Nomore help in Swampscott, MA.Posted: May 29th, 2013 04:05AM
Type of Service: Locked out of ApartmentNumber of Locks: 2
Found a locksmith on line for $15 service fee in 15 minutes. Showed up 1 hour later and told me $285 because he needs to drill out. After some negotiation, he said $200 if paid by cash, and he finished in 5 minutes. He asked &20 more be ause he changed the bolt. I didn't give it to him as I knew he was getting cash under table. Never again!
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