This is the official website of The North Carolina Locksmith Licensing Board. If you are interested in becoming a licensed locksmith in the state of North Carolina, you may print the application off this website, or email us with your request.


The Board also has a study guide available for the locksmith licensure examination. The study guide costs $25. You can mail a written request for the study guide with a check or money order for $25, and we will mail you this study guide.

Please note that the Board encourages all licensed locksmiths and apprentices as well as those making application to the Board to mail their correspondence Certified, Return receipt requested via the US postal service. The Board is not liable for mail lost in transit to the Board office. By mailing items with return receipt requested, you will have proof of your documents reaching the Board office.

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Current Board Members:

Steve Stroud, China Grove
(Locksmith, Term Expires 12/31/2016)

Phil Lanier, Winston Salem
Vice Chair

(Locksmith, Term Expires 12/31/2018)

D. Steve Bright, Fayetteville
(Locksmith, Term Expires 12/31/2017)

K. Reid Barbee, Richlands
(Locksmith, Term Expires 12/31/2018)

Melanie Wade Goodwin, Raleigh
(Public Member, Term Expires 12/31/2014)

William Harrell, Jr, Colerain
(Public Member, Term Expires 12/31/2016)

Rafe Rountree, Robersonville
(Locksmith,  Term Expires 12/31/2018)

Jimmie Storie, Banner Elk
(Locksmith, Term Expires 12/31/2016)

Keith Throckmorton, Hertford
(Public Member, Term Expires 12/31/2016)

Executive Director:
Barden Culbreth

Consumers and Locksmiths Beware!

Fraudulent Locksmiths are active throughout North Carolina.

Statewide media outlets have shed light onto unlicensed locksmith work recently. Follow any of these links to see stories and videos of investigative reporting about this illegal activity.

WRAL Reports by Cullen Browder

WECT Report by Kristy Ondo

WBTV Report by Jamie Boll

Scam operations are also operating in the state selling alarm systems:

Report from Tennessee regarding APX Alarm

File an Official Complaint with:
the Attorney General’s Office
Complaint Form