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Law and Regulations - Locksmiths

Operating Without a License

Criminal Penalties

§12.5-505
  (a) Except as otherwise provided in Title 12.5, a person may not act as, offer to act as, hold oneself out as, or impersonate a locksmith in the State unless the person is a licensee or employee of a licensee.
  (b) A person that violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on first conviction, is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and, on second or subsequent conviction, is subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000.

Civil Action by the Secretary of DLLR

§12.5-506
  (a) Subject to the notice and hearing provisions of Title 10, Subtitle 2 of the State Government Article, the Secretary may bring a civil administrative action against a person that violates §12.5-505(a) of this subtitle.
  (b) After a hearing, if the Secretary finds that a person has violated §12.5-505(a) of this subtitle, the Secretary may:
     (1) order the person to cease and desist from unlawful practice; and
     (2) impose a civil penalty not exceeding $100 for each day of unlawful practice.
  (c) Any person aggrieved by a decision and order of the Secretary under this section may take an appeal as allowed in Title 10, Subtitle 2 of the State Government Article.