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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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Be aware
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Martin Y. in Inglewood, CA.Posted: May 23rd, 2018 12:05PM
Type of Service: Locks pickedNumber of Locks: 0
Be aware that many of the listed locksmiths are a call service and many of them are in another state. Some even try to pass as other businesses. Academy lock is a thief and abuses they employed too. There are many. Normally the one that shows up firsts is the one that will charge the most.
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Cost to break into a stuck HON steel file cabinet
Amount: $135.00
Posted by: Relieved Customer in Campbell, CA.Posted: December 13th, 2017 01:12PM
Type of Service: Opening file cabinetNumber of Locks: 1
I stuffed so much stuff into my metal HON file cabinet that the door wouldn't open. I had the key and could turn the lock, but I couldn't open the door. I called a local locksmith (Baker's Lock and Key Service) who quoted me $90+$45/hr (min 1 hr).
The locksmith showed up a few hours later. At first, he was surprised and said that getting into a stuck cabinet isn't what he normally did, but he said he'd try. With a combination of turning the file cabinet on sides and wedging a screwdriver into the seams and pulling/shaking some of the junk out, he was able to get the doors to open.
I need to replace the file cabinet, but I knew I had already messed it up -- plus, I don't want to risk this again.
I was relieved. It only took the guy maybe 20 minutes but I didn't mind the $135 total. It seemed reasonable, the guy was skilled and professional. I actually liked the fact that he asked me how it happened and wanted to make sure it was my cabinet. Seems like a company that wants to be safe.
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Left key in ignition
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: Tymad in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: July 27th, 2017 02:07AM
Type of Service: LocksmithNumber of Locks: 1
Rip off!!!!! Only paid because battery would've died and I couldn't prol lock opened
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Keys locked in Truck. I called 911
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: BHall in Warner Robins, GA.Posted: February 6th, 2017 07:02PM
Type of Service: Sheriffs DepartmentNumber of Locks: 1
I locked my keys in my vehicle more than once. the last time was 1AM on a Friday night. I had heard that the local Sheriff's dept would open it for free. I called 911 and told the dispatcher it was not an emergency and I'd locked my keys inside my truck. 20 minutes later a Sheriff arrived and with the aid of a "slim jim" I was in my truck and on the road. No questions asked.
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conned our of more than $200
Amount: $270.00
Posted by: crying customer in Los angeles, CA.Posted: January 24th, 2017 04:01PM
Type of Service: House door lockNumber of Locks: 1
I just got conned out of $ 270 for a simple room door lock which took less than 5min to open. There was no machinery involved. The locksmith used a hand-held air-pump and the door poped open. The cost for this is $ 270.00 It was a Tuesday at 7pm. He requested cash for cheaper rate. I found him on Google search 866 number. Do not search for them on google. There are a lot of people who are there to rip off customers in trouble. I was in hurry and didn't know anybody. I google searched and they came up first. Their website listed $35 for a house lock. I had no idea I would be paying for over $ 200 for 5min job.
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vehicle lockout
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: cowboy1623 in melrose park, IL.Posted: January 16th, 2017 01:01PM
Type of Service: truck lockedNumber of Locks: 1
Called the locksmith service they said it would be 15 for coming to the home and charges for what tools needed. guy gets there in 10 minutes. I asked how much he says 250. I laughed in his face. I said to open a car door? I said why so much? He says cause its winter time lol. It was like 45 degrees out. I told him I had it done a couple years ago on a Sunday it only cost 60. He says it wasn't him let him call his boss and of course he said ok 60. thenhe wanted cash I said no credit card so I have documentation. Bottom line is don't trust these people they will rip you off!!!
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Wizard locksmiths
Amount: $227.00
Posted by: Sparkme16 in Bridgeport, CT.Posted: December 17th, 2016 12:12PM
Type of Service: Exterior house doorNumber of Locks: 1
Guy was quick to come out and do the repair but way too expensive. First price came in at $270 to remove lock which had jammed, replace with a $20 off the shelf door knob, change locking mechanism with old to keep Keyes uniform, and tweak door plate. Total call took 20 minutes. I told him his pricing was outrageous and he had to come back with a better rate. He reduced it down to $227 which included tax. He them had me tear up the check written to the company and rewrite it to him personally which is something I hate doing. If your charging me tax but clearly avoiding counting the income towards business, it's just bad business.
On a side note, he was more expensive them my electrician who ran a new outlet and moved my thermostat and was onsite for over 2 hours.
Definitely won't recommend this company to anyone.
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don't pay for a locksmith to your car
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Cindy C in Cleveland, OH.Posted: November 28th, 2016 04:11PM
Type of Service: open carNumber of Locks: 1
Someone told me a long time ago the following.
Take your VIN# to a car dealership same kind as yours and they make you a new key. At that time, 20 ys ago, cost was $2. Nowadays, you can take an Uber ride to the dealership. H***ofalot cheaper, if you don't have someone to bring u another key that you gave them to keep for you. Alternative: keep a spare, non-electronic key under your car. Tape it with postal tape or use strong magnetics. Never go thru that again.
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Great, quick service, ridiculous prices scams customers
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: SB in NYC in Flushing, NY.Posted: September 8th, 2016 06:09PM
Type of Service: unlock driver-side car doorNumber of Locks: 1
I locked my keys in my car (Doh!!) and after a quick search called the "Always Available 24 hour Service" locksmith very close to me at 4155 College Point Blvd, Flushing, Queens, NYC.
A woman said it would be $29 to come to my car, and a minimum $25 to unlock it. I got a call on my cell within 15 minutes and he pulled up 5 minutes later... young guy driving a beige Lexus sedan. He looked at my car and said no problem to open the door with a balloon inflater and long steel rod with a hook. Before he did anything I asked price. He said $220!! I said no way, I just don't have that and can only give you $80 cash. He started to leave then said he would "negotiate" with his boss. Made a call. Came back and said "OK, $80" and unlocked the door with the inflater and rod with hook in LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. While he quickly unlocked my car door and knew his trade, the charge quoted of $220 was crazy and I am sure others have likely paid it. Bottom line: do not accept the quoted fee, negotiate!!!
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Locksmith Costs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Hobbiest in Baltimore, MD.Posted: August 17th, 2016 05:08AM
Type of Service: LockoutsNumber of Locks: 1
This is an interesting site. I am studying to be a Locksmith. I've googled the standard rates and most of the charges I see here seem to be in line with normal charging. The only thing that is unscrupulous is not giving an honest assessment of the cost on the phone before coming out.
I like the hobby of Locksmith'ing and have been practicing for years. When I decided this might be a nice retirement part-time job, my goal would be to avoid destructive entry. I currently have about $2000 tied up in equipment and I would only be able to provide full service for residential locks. When I pick a lock, I use 6 different techniques. Each of those require a more elaborate skill set. If I can get you in your house in 5 minutes, you should be happy. You are getting in due to my experience and countless hours practicing on many different locks (2-4 hours per day). After reading these complaints, I'm having 2nd thoughts and may just help friends and family.
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locksmith are to gready
Amount: $217.00
Posted by: luis medina in queens, NY.Posted: July 3rd, 2016 04:07PM
Type of Service: open car doorNumber of Locks:
I call a locksmith just to open my car door $85 and when he open my car door I gave him my credit car he did not charge 85 he tock $217 those people what they are doing is putting democracy in jeopardy stop stealing from honest people.
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Locksmith
Amount: $430.00
Posted by: Melanie Gray in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: April 16th, 2016 10:04PM
Type of Service: LockoutNumber of Locks: 1
I was quoted on the phone $14.95 plus $29 for labor. After he got here he said I will do a bump lock so not to damage your lock but he made no mention of the $385 dollar charge for this service. ( which took him exactly 1 minute). After he was in the apartment he writes up the bill and I go to sign the debit card swiper and the bill was for $430. This is 24/7 locksmith and the phone number 866-777-1429. I live in Phoenix Arizona and this is criminal. I have a neighbor next door who listened to my whole conversation with this locksmith. It also was a standard lock. I have never in my life heard of such shenanigans to wait until the job is done and give your client the cost. That should be completely addressed before service is rendered. Also he then stated well you can read the charge says $385 you don't read things before you sign them. I had no reason to read the bill because he quoted me the rate I mentioned at the beginning of this post. $430 TOTAL. Beware of this 24/7 LOCKSMITH.
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jumpin jockey emergency services
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: trevino mattingly/ Jumping Jockey Emergency Services in Nicholasville, KY.Posted: March 22nd, 2016 05:03PM
Type of Service: lockoutNumber of Locks: 1 to 2
Locked out your car or home 5p flat rate no hidden fees...
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Fees for locksmith services
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Proche in Wrentham, MA.Posted: February 25th, 2016 11:02AM
Type of Service: Locksmith workNumber of Locks: 1
There are so many so called Locksmith services that run full page adds which are the first places most people call. If they can afford a full page add you know you will get ripped off. When people say the locksmith did their job in minutes and charged around $120. Think of how much time your Doctor spends checking you out and what he charges for that time. Education and experience cost and is worth it when you need help now. No mater what job you do.
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24/7 LOCKOUT # 801-872-1200 SLC UT
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: HATE 24/7 LOCKOUT IN SLC!! in SLC, UT.Posted: January 11th, 2016 09:01AM
Type of Service: CAR LOCKEDNumber of Locks: 1
WAS QUOTED 20 SERVICE FEE AND 39.00 A N HOUR FOR LABOR , HE WAS AN HOUR LATE ( MY CAR RUNNING)AND IT'S 5 DEGREES OUTSIDE I CAN BARELY FEEL MY FINGERS , HE PUT SOMETHING ON THE WINDOW AND IT WAS OPEN IN LITERALLY UNDER 5 SECONDS, HE SAYS THAT'LL BE 150.00$ I HAD NO CHOICE, IF I WASN'T GOING TO BE LATE FOR WORK AND FREEZING I WOULD HAVE TOLD EM TO GO TO HELL.. IHAD NO CHOICE , GET A FIRM QUOTE! HE SAID IT COST MORE BECAUSE OF THE CAR... IT'S A 2003 MONTERO XLS, NOT A FERRARI
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locked out of bedroom
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Tracy mitchell in salt lake city, UT.Posted: January 8th, 2016 11:01AM
Type of Service: open doorNumber of Locks: 1
They said it would be 19.99 + 35.00 he was here 2 seconds he just slid the thing in the door that looks like a end of a blood pressure it came right open he asked for credit card they charged me 250.00
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over charges
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: gcorona in Garland, TX.Posted: December 1st, 2015 06:12PM
Type of Service: unlock carNumber of Locks: 1
Liars!! tellme 19 plus labor from 35 to 45 charge me 199 plus 1 dollar because he don't have change.people never call this company wors ever!!!! This happens today December 1 2015.not 2014
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Expensive service
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in Jersey City, NJ.Posted: October 24th, 2015 10:10AM
Type of Service: Unlock a bedroomNumber of Locks: 1
The service is fast and professional, but too expensive. The total is more than $250
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No one willing to provide quote
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: No luck with a locksmith in Chanhassen, MN.Posted: September 14th, 2015 07:09PM
Type of Service: Automotive lockoutNumber of Locks: 1
My husband locked himself out of his car. Unfortunately, he had the only remaining set of keys to the car. This was the first time we've ever needed a locksmith. I researched via the internet and called around. No one was willing to give me a quote. Everyone told me about their one time service fee to drive out to where the car was and the additional starting fee but they also told me that the price goes up from there. Apparently, there was no maximum and the price depended on the difficulty of opening the lock, the alarm and the make and model of the car. I know the make and model of my car. I would think a trained expert, based on the make and model of my vehicle, would also be able to give me a pretty good estimate as to how much it would cost and how long it would take to unlock my car. As it stands now, I've been looking for a locksmith for an hour and a half and no luck.
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locked bedroom door
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Heisenbritt in soddy daisy, TN.Posted: August 25th, 2015 10:08PM
Type of Service: needed to be unlockedNumber of Locks: 1
My bedroom door was locked and couldn't get in. After reading all of this i said screw a locksmith. So i just busted my door in. I saved a ton of money even though i damaged my wall. Fixing it will maybe cost $20 bucks at the most. So i saved who knows how much money.
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Locksmith
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Stephen Green in San Francisco, CA.Posted: August 21st, 2015 11:08AM
Type of Service: LocksmithingNumber of Locks: N/a
There are so many horror stories here. I'm a locksmith in San Francisco I am a second generation locksmith. We have been in business here in San Francisco since 1961 we have a flat rate that we charge to come out and we do not charge extra to pick locks open. If we have to drill, it's only because we have been trying to pick the lock for at least 45 minutes to an hour drilling is being defeated and we don't like to be defeated we like to do our job. There are other locksmiths like myself in every city around the country the problem is when you are locked out and you are stressed and you need to get in and it's the middle of the night it's hard to shop around. However if you have a chance to when you need a locksmith you can find the ones that will not rip you off and maybe even make you think that it was helpful and you come away feeling okay.
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