2010 Tennessee Code
Title 62 - Professions, Businesses and Trades
Chapter 11 - Locksmith Licensing Act of 2006
62-11-104 - Registration or licensing requirement Identification requirement Broad construction Financial institutions.  

62-11-104. Registration or licensing requirement Identification requirement Broad construction Financial institutions.

(a)  No person, partnership, association, corporation or local or state governmental employee shall engage in, or hold themselves out as engaging in, the business of locksmithing in this state without first registering or licensing any employees, agents or contractors operating as locksmith apprentices or locksmiths in accordance with this chapter.

(b)  Persons who are not licensed under this chapter shall not provide any locksmithing services in violation of this chapter or any rule adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(c)  No locksmith may participate in a joint venture to provide equipment or services that require licensing under this chapter, unless all parties to the joint venture are licensed in accordance with this chapter.

(d)  No locksmith may subcontract the provision of equipment or services requiring a license under this chapter to any unlicensed person, firm, association or corporation, except as provided in § 62-11-105.

(e)  No locksmith shall employ, hire, contract with or associate with any person who is required to be licensed or registered with the commissioner in accordance with this chapter, unless the employee, agent or contractor is properly licensed or registered with the commissioner in compliance with § 62-11-111 or § 62-11-112.

(f)  No locksmith shall retain as a registered employee any person known not to be of good moral character.

(g)  No person who is not licensed under this chapter shall possess, use, sell or offer to sell any code book, lock picking tool, manipulation key, try-out key, safe opening tool or car opening tool; provided, that the provisions of this subsection (g) restricting the possession or use of the items listed in this subsection (g) shall not apply to students involved in locksmithing training programs or courses, so long as those tools are not used by the students other than in accordance with the programs.

(h)  No person shall sell, offer to sell or give to any person not licensed under this chapter any code book, lock picking tool, manipulation key, try-out key, safe opening tool or car opening tool.

(i)  No person who is not licensed under this chapter shall design, make, manufacture or install any master key or any system of change keys and master keys.

(j)  No locksmith shall open any vehicle or real property, whether or not a fee is charged, without first obtaining personal identification from the person requesting the service. The personal identification may include, but is not limited to, personal knowledge, a driver license or other photo identification, address, telephone number, reference from any reliable source or a description of specific or unusual items that may be found upon entry. The information shall be recorded on a work order or invoice and shall be made available to a law enforcement officer with a properly executed court order at any reasonable time during normal business hours.

(k)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no locksmith licensed under this chapter shall be prohibited from providing locksmithing services because of the manner of construction or operation of the lock or because of the location of the lock or application of the lock, whether the lock is applied to any door, window, hatch, lid, gate or other opening in or on any safe, vault, building, vehicle, aircraft or boat. It is the intent of the general assembly that this subsection (k) shall be construed in their broadest possible sense; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall authorize a locksmith to provide services for any bank, savings and loan association or trust company without the consent of the bank, savings and loan association or trust company.

[Acts 2006, ch. 885, § 5; 2007, ch. 526, §§ 3-5.]  

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