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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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24 hr Rescue Lock & key
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: G. Faulkner in Bartlett, TN.Posted: June 1st, 2015 08:06PM
Type of Service: garage entry doorNumber of Locks: 1
Add for service says there in 20 minutes. Took 45 minutes!! Add said $15 service fee + labor. In addition to thedr amounts;I was charged $10 to use my credit card. Grand total $95!! Had to call him back out because he damaged the door to the point I couldn't close the door and set my home alarm. Door damage repair took 1.5 hrs. I refused to pay anything for the repairs!!!
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Liar! Cheater!
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in burlingame, CA.Posted: May 10th, 2015 04:05PM
Type of Service: honda car lockNumber of Locks: 1
2015, May
Worst, dishonest, crafty person I ever met!
As everyone said, they quoted me $50 minimum for service fee, well we know it would be higher than that. And that jerk finally charged me $250 for it. Well, he probably thought I was a teenager, so he tried to get more from me. So i suggest you DO NOT ask help from this DECEIVING organization! Worst service ever!
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Ps
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Rants in Perth, WA.Posted: April 11th, 2015 06:04AM
Type of Service: Automotive/domesticNumber of Locks: Thousands
Aus locksmith lock out house or car $130 during hours deadlocking vehicles such as vw bmw ect (the ones you need to turn the key you can't just pull the handles) $330 during hours. A/H $165-$250 and $440
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Australia locksmith
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Rants in Perth, WA.Posted: April 11th, 2015 06:04AM
Type of Service: Automotive/domesticNumber of Locks: Thousands
job is as quoted that's simple, if it takes longer to write the invoice think how did I get MYSELF into this situation? Maybe this bloke did his apprenticeship and now has a trade. You don't pay me as quoted its 2 letters then small clams court. If you call at night time expect to get slogged for price, but if a bloke comes round and at a glance says lets drill this and I want more money you have a choice to accept or reject the new quote. Some HOUSE locks only do need to be drilled due to H top pins or restrict keying with shitty profiles or just a horrible bitting. I have not nor do I know anyone anywhere who has drilled a car lock. Don't be fooled by thinking a clown with a drill is a locksmith
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Locked out of apt.
Amount: $280.00
Posted by: Cherie in Middle Island, NY.Posted: February 13th, 2015 01:02PM
Type of Service: Drill and replaceNumber of Locks: One
The locksmith tried to use a piece of plastic and sprayed oil to open. That didn't work so he had to drill and destroy lock. So now a replacement lock in door handle.
If I used a credit card there was a $55 surcharge so luckily my neighbor had cash. He supposedly was not charging for the lock which would have been $125 for the lock so if I gave him $30 cash he'd replace the lock with two keys.
On top of that the company I called was Allstate Locksmith but on the invoice (that I had to ask for) the name is New York Locksmith Networks Inc.
I felt I was ripped off but I had my mother (82 years old) that had a doctors appt and then physical therapy,) in a neighbors car so he knew I was ripe for the picking.
After coming home and retreading the invoice and then these comments, I am now sure I was ripped off!
This happened today February 13, 2015 but below doesn't give 2015 as a choice.
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key made
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Ann Morris in Orange Park, FL.Posted: February 8th, 2015 10:02AM
Type of Service: HOUSE CALLNumber of Locks: 1
I wanted A key made for my garage door because I did not have one. A TECH CAME TO THE HOUSE TO TELL ME THE LOCK WAS TOO OLD. HE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THE SHOP AND IT COULD COST BETWEEN $100-$200 TO MAKE A KEY.I told him to forget it. But on the phone I was told it could be done on site for about $45.00. What a rip off so I paid $30.00 for nothing. You can make a lot of easy money that way show up and can't do the work and collect $30.00. Florida is the worst state to get people to do work. I have had a lot of bad experiences with workers trying to rip me off. A plumber wanted to replace my toilet at a cost of $300.00 because he didn't know what was wrong. I told him to forget and fixed it myself for $15.00. I replaced a gasket.
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Cost of Locksmith Service
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Fuller Locksmith in Orleans, MA.Posted: February 3rd, 2015 10:02AM
Type of Service: LockoutNumber of Locks: 1
We are a family locksmith service in business since 1978. We have flat rates. A lockout in our town is a $70 service call and then $25 for the lockout. If it only takes a short time, it's because it took my husband 30 years to learn his trade and he's good at it. Please look at the Association Locksmiths of America and your state association to find reputable locksmiths. We are also hurt by the fly-by-night guys.
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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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123locksmith.com
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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broken key in door lock
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: joanjoan in Kennedale, TX.Posted: July 8th, 2014 09:07AM
Type of Service: change deadboltNumber of Locks: 1
Called 24/7 Arlington, Tx to get a broken key out of deadbolt. Tech didn't even try to get the key out, insisted I needed a new deadbolt. Wanted$50 for that but $129 for labor. I said no, thats too much. He argued with me. I paid $29.99 service call fee and sent him on his way. Had another co. Remove the key. Total cost w/labor $77. Still alot but at least I have my original lock still.
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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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WOW!
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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Locksmith
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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