Contact Details

The Private Security Authority
Davis Street
Tipperary Town
Co. Tipperary
E34 PY91

Contact for Individual Licence
Contact for Contractor Licence

Email Addresses:
info@psa.gov.ie
licensing@psa.gov.ie
contractors@psa.gov.ie
enforcement@psa.gov.ie
standards@psa.gov.ie

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Consumer Information - Locksmiths

How many keys have you had made for your front door?  Do you know where they all are?
Locks are the one item of security which everyone uses and is familiar with.  They protect our homes and businesses, yet we do not view them in the same way as an intruder alarm system for example. We leave keys on open view in our homes and workplaces, we not only lend keys to friends and neighbours but to workmen and delivery people who we may never have met before.  We lose keys but rather than change the lock we will get another key not knowing who may have lost the key and what they might do with it.

If you cannot account for all the keys for a front door, you should consider the potential security risk and think about changing your lock.
When locks are changed do we think of a professional locksmith who knows what is the right lock for our needs and how it should be fitted.  Garda statistics show that 55% of all burglars come through either the front or back door. Having the right lock fitted correctly can help deter burglars. Licensed locksmiths can advise you on the best lock for your door and install same to ensure maximum security.

Why should I use a PSA Licensed Locksmith?
PSA licensed locksmiths are professionally trained in the installation and servicing of locks. Licence holder must:

  • Comply with Industry Standards

  • Obtain Approved training qualifications

  • Undergo criminal record checking with An Garda Síochána

  • Be tax compliant

Since February 1st 2017, All Contractors providing locksmith services require a licence issued by the PSA

How can I check if a person or company is licensed?
Our website contains the registers of  contractor licence holders.  These registers are useful tools in checking the licence status of your provider.

How can I check if a person or company is licensed?
Our website contains the registers of  contractor and employee licence holders.  These registers are useful tools in checking the licence status of your provider.

The Law
The Private Security Services Act 2004 provides for the regulation of the private security industry including locksmiths. The Private Security Authority (PSA) ensures the interests of consumers are protected through the establishment, promotion, monitoring and enforcement of appropriate standards.

Contractors or individuals providing private  security services without a licence are breaking the law. Contractors include companies, partnerships and sole traders. Any person (including householders and businesses) employing an unlicensed contractor or individual is breaking the law. 

Penalties range from a €3,000 fine up to 5 years in prison.