Licensing is key for workers hired to unlock car doors


It’s so easy to accidentally lock your keys in the car, and many people know how frustrating it can be. When it happens, unless you have access to a spare key or know how to unlock a locked car door from the outside yourself, you 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.

The tools needed to open locked vehicles are restricted under the Criminal Code of Canada and only those who carry a licence may use them. Licensed specialists are bound by a professional code of ethics, and consumers may file an official complaint if they have any concerns or issues. Additionally, those who are licenced must undergo a criminal record check. Knowing this information gives customers peace of mind, because they know when they call a licensed professional to open a locked door, they can trust that this is an expert who is qualified to do so.

With all this in mind, it’s important to always ask to see a licence before allowing someone to work on your locks. Licensed automotive lock by-pass workers must work for a business that has a licence to provide these services. Be sure to check the online directory to find businesses that are licensed to perform this kind of work.

Any company or professional in this industry that doesn’t have a licence should contact the Security Services and Investigators Program to get one; there are heavy repercussions for operating without a licence. For an individual, the consequences could be a fine of up to $5,000, jail time for up to one year, or both. Any business operating without a licence may face a fine of up to $250,000.

If you are an automotive lock bypass worker seeking more information, visit this page and click on the links down the left-hand side.

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