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Find Good Locksmiths in Marin County CA


The thing about locksmiths is we often only think about them when we suddenly need them. But some businesses use locksmiths in Marin County frequently. Either way, finding an honest locksmith you can trust is critical.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best locksmiths in Marin County and issues related to hiring them.



Updated November 4, 2016

 The TOP 10 Locksmiths in Marin County CA

Novato Lock & Key
(415) 892-9111
7395 Redwood Blvd
Novato, CA 94945

Areas Served: Marin, Novato, Sausalito, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Woodacre

A Aanytime Locks & Locksmith
(415) 382-0107
275 Alameda Del Prado
Novato, CA 94949

Areas Served: Mill Valley, San Rafael, Tiburon, Sausalito, Belvedere, Fairfax CA, San Anselmo

Transbay Security Services
(415) 456-3860
2018 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, Corte Madera, Tiburon, San Anselmo, Mill Valley

A-1 Locksmith
(415) 339-9077
965 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

Areas Served: San Rafael, Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Anselmo, Tiburon, Ross, Belvedere, Novato

Abco Lock & Key
(415) 491-1357
660 Peach St
Novato, CA 94945

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Ross, Tiburon, Belvedere

Find Good Locksmiths in Marin County CA 


Locksmiths in Marin County are required to be licensed by the State, and in addition a state contractor's license for any work at a single site that is $500 or more.  Locksmiths are not legally required to have general liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of any damages caused, but all locksmiths bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation do have that liability insurance coverage in addition to passing all other requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as phone calls to previous customers, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.


Locksmiths in Marin County CA

Today's modern locks offer much greater protection than earlier designs, both in complexity and strength. Locksmiths today require a vast amount of experience and knowledge in order to be able to handle the wide array of locks, including bicycle locks, child safety locks, combination locks, cylinder locks, tumbler locks, and padlocks.

Locksmiths in Marin County provide two basic services: They sell, service and install locks, lock accessories and lock systems, and these locksmiths unlock things when we lose the keys or the combination. Good locksmiths in Marin County can replace lost keys, change your locks, install new locks including deadbolts and doorknob locks, install window locks and window bars, service and install safes, change the combination on combination locks, install keypads for cipher locks and some can service and install various types of electronic access systems.

There is no legally required training for locksmiths. Some locksmiths in Marin County CA apprenticed under master locksmiths to learn enough to strike out on their own. Others attended a trade school for locksmith.  Locksmiths are often called in a panic, when keys have been locked in a car or a building. Know that when you do call locksmiths in Marin County for one of these reasons, good locksmiths will want to verify that you are the owner of the car or home before proceeding, as they don't want to unwittingly become party to a crime.

You may be tempted to try to break into your car or home yourself, but this often ends up causing damage, thereby costing a lot more than locksmiths would have charged. Some locksmiths in Marin County have some sort of emergency, 24/7 service, but they will charge accordingly for these off-hour calls.

If you're not calling locksmiths for an emergency, perhaps you want new locks installed or existing locks re-keyed. Locksmiths likely have copies of, or are able to get copies of, the keys to the locks you purchase so you want to hire one proven trustworthy.

Some Locksmiths in Marin County Are A Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these locksmiths in Marin County CA: Novato Lock & Key, Abco Lock & Key, A Aanytime Locks & Locksmith, Transbay Security Services, A-1 Locksmith, Armor Locksmiths, 24 Hour a Locksmith, A & A Locksmith. Other locksmiths in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA who might still be in business include: .




Choosing Good Locksmiths in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

There are several factors to consider before hiring locksmiths. Before choosing locksmiths in Marin County, it's best to write down, in as much detail as possible, exactly what you're looking for. Being clear will help move the process along. Having everything clearly spelled out also helps you to compare apples to apples, as all locksmiths will be able, in their own way, to respond to the same things. When meeting with a potential locksmiths, we've provide a list of questions to use as a guideline.

What, if any, industry certifications do the locksmiths have?
What kind of contractor licensing do the locksmiths hold?
How long have the locksmiths been in business?
Do the locksmiths have any references that I may contact?
How long should the locksmiths take for the lock installation or lock repair?
Do the locksmiths carry workers' compensation and liability insurance?
Do the locksmiths provide a written estimate?
How do the locksmiths price the work?
What type of warranty do the locksmiths provide on parts and labor?
Do the locksmiths and their employees do the work or do those locksmiths hire subcontractors?
How and when do the locksmiths clean up?
Will the locksmiths provide a written contract?
Do the locksmiths know of a better lock or security system than what I have in mind?

Through this question-and-answer period, consider first impressions, technical abilities, experience levels, and overall feelings of trust. Somewhere in this combination of facets you will the best locksmiths in Marin County for you.



Tips on Locksmiths in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

If You Can, Take Your Time Choosing Locksmiths in Marin County.
Many calls to Marin County locksmiths are done in moments of panic or emergency. If what you need is not an emergency, take your time hiring the locksmiths. Locksmiths will come to the table with different skill sets, experiences and personality. If you can plan early enough to interview several-even if you like the first one you meet-your odds of a successful outcome will improve.

Get it in Writing From The Locksmiths
Nothing is official until it is written and signed. So insist that the locksmiths provide you with a detailed document that describes the cost of labor, parts and any contingencies. Get it in writing before the job starts. Both you and the locksmiths will feel better.

Know Your Rights When You Hire Locksmiths in Marin County.
If you have the misfortune of arriving at a disagreement or legal impasse with the locksmiths, you are protected by certain rights. If you feel you need to file a report or lodge a formal complaint, start with the California Department of Consumer Affairs Web site (



Resources About Locksmiths in Marin County CA 

Associations, Accreditation & Licensing Regarding Locksmiths in Marin County

BBB Better Business Bureau (
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (
Diamond Certified
California Locksmith's Association (
Associated Locksmiths of America (

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Locksmiths in Marin County within the following zip codes:

94976, 94978, 94914, 94924, 94957, 94949, 94941, 94966, 94948, 94960, 94974, 94920, 94977, 94901, 94950, 94915, 94930, 94937, 94970, 94942, 94965, 94929, 94963, 94933, 94979, 94912, 94964, 94904, 94946, 94973, 94925, 94945, 94903, 94913, 94938, 94940, 94939, 94971, 94947 and 94956

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Locksmiths in Marin County within the following cities:

 Muir Beach, Mission Rafael, Dogtown, Bel Marin Keys, Woodacre, Larkspur, Belvedere Tiburon, San Marin, Santa Venetia, Marinwood, Corte Madera, Lagunitas, Ignacio, Ross, Tamalpais Valley, San Rafael, Novato, Sleepy Hollow, Almonte, Tomales, Belvedere, Forest Knolls, Black Point, Bolinas, Nicasio, Lucas Valley, Strawberry Point, Muir Woods, Mill Valley, Stinson Beach, Olema, Sausalito, San Quentin, Terra Linda, San Geronimo, Marin City, Marshall, Dillon Beach, San Anselmo, Point Reyes Station, Kent Woodlands, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Tamal, Inverness, Kentfield and Tiburon