Lock, stock and automotive bypass licence

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At some point in your life there’s a good chance you have either locked or will lock your keys in your vehicle. You close the car door, and everything starts going in slow motion. You wonder if you have enough time to grab the door before it shuts. Too late. Your door is closed and your keys are inside…hanging from the ignition…taunting you…as if to say, “I’m just gonna hang out here and relax, while you stare longingly at me and go crazy trying to open your doors.”

Unless you have access to a spare key or know how to unlock a locked car door from the outside yourself, you’re going to have to call in the experts. Someone who knows what he or she is doing, and legally has the right tools to open the doors.

Lock by-pass professionals

Did you know that in Alberta only licensed automotive lock by-pass workers can open your locked doors? They actually need a licence issued by the Alberta government. You can use whatever company/person you want, but the company and individual need to be licensed.

There are many stories about unprofessional and shoddy services by people claiming to be experts in opening locked car doors. They come to you, they poke and prod, use tools that look legit, and seem to know what they are doing – but at the same time you’re thinking you could do the same thing.

Licensing individuals and companies will help stop these fly-by night businesses that claim to be able to open locked vehicle doors.

Benefits to consumer

Only licensed professionals legally have the right equipment to open your doors. Tools to open locked vehicles are restricted, and are only meant to be used for legal purposes…hence the licencing.

Plus, only licensed professionals are bound by a professional code of ethics. This code of ethics means accountability, and gives consumers an official complaint process they can turn to if they have concerns with the professionalism of a worker or business.

And only licensed professionals have passed a criminal record check. The licensing process helps ensure consumers who need help aren’t put in a precarious position by someone who may have a questionable past.

Confirm the licence

But how do you know if the person you called is a licensed technician? Simple, ask to see their licence. Both them and the company they work for must have a licence and must show it to you upon request.

And licensed automotive lock by-pass workers must work for a business that has a licence to provide automotive lock by-pass services. Make sure you check the online directory of businesses that are licensed to perform this kind of work.


Any business operating without a licence may face a fine of up to $250,000. An individual operating without a licence may face a fine of up to $5,000, face jail time of up to one year, or both.

How to get licensed

Any company or professional in this industry without a licence should contact the Alberta government’s registrar office to get one.

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