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Why use an MLA Locksmith?

Looking for a locksmith? Make sure you use one who has been vetted, is regularly inspected & is qualified.  Please read our Benefits of Using a MLA Locksmith PDF .

With the absence of government licensing of locksmiths, The Master Locksmiths Association, a not for profit organisation established to promote the level of skills and ethics within the industry, has established its own licensing scheme whereby its approved companies are vetted, undergo regular inspections to ensure quality, and employ a lock smith with a recognised exam based qualification.

This is why we always recommend checking the credentials of a locksmith.

The benefits of using an MLA licensed locksmith

  • Standards are kept high by employment of qualified locksmiths, strict vetting and regular inspections. Training is also provided by the Association to ensure members are constantly up to date with the latest industry developments
  • Leading Trade Association for the locksmithing industry
  • Not-for-profit organisation
  • Established over 50 years ago
  • Nationwide Membership
  • Promotes standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing
  • Provides peace of mind to the end customer through it’s licensing scheme, in the absence of Government based licensing
  • Following a change to the law on the vetting of locksmiths implemented thanks to a campaign by the MLA, the only way for locksmiths to get standard Criminal Record checks (or DBS checks as they are now) is via Master Locksmiths Association membership


Recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by:

  • Police
  • Home Office
  • British Standards Institute (BSI)
  • RISC Authority (formerly IPCRes, the UK property insurers’ technical group)
  • Building Research Establishment (BRE)
  • Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network

MLA licensed locksmith companies are able to provide:

  • Advice based on knowledge and experience
  • Recommend products that are fit for purpose
  • Provide professional installation and maintenance services
  • A pricing policy to ensure fair and transparent prices are quoted before work commences
  • Channels of arbitration exist to fully investigate any complaints or disputes, should they arise, and the MLA advises or takes any necessary action depending on the outcome
  • Look out for the MLA Approved Company Logo


How are MLA Locksmiths inspected?

  • MLA licensed locksmith companies, who undergo strict vetting (including criminal record checks), are also regularly inspected to ensure quality etc.
  • The Approved Companies inspectorate means the MLA can demonstrate that all
    Company Members are meeting high standards.
  • Each company is inspected on a regular basis, thus ensuring that its members and their operatives maintain standards in workmanship and administration. Also members are expected to conform to legal requirements and customer charters exist to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Inspections have the effect of making locksmithing companies more accountable for their daily operations. Approved Company members are made aware that the MLA considers that good quality and on going training for a locksmith is an essential means to maintaining standards and the association provides training and information through various means.

The MLA Approved Company Logo

Master Locksmiths Association MLA Approved Company LogoThe MLA Approved Company Logo is advertised by an approved company on their premises, vehicles and stationery, confirming to the public the standards expected of them.


Report Misuse of the MLA Logo/Membership Claim

If you believe a company is misusing the MLA Logo and/or claims to a MLA Member please see our Report Misuse of the MLA Logo/Membership page


Download our 2016 Directory of MLA Approved Locksmiths

Free PDF Download of the 2016 MLA’s Directory of MLA approved Locksmiths  is available below.

Download to your phone or computer – we recommend downloading the PDF to your phone/computer as you never know when you might need a locksmith or some urgent security

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