Do I need a license to install, service, or maintain burglar alarms, fire alarms or electronic security systems like CCTV or to engage in the practice of locksmithing in New Jersey?

Yes.
Public Law 1997, c.305, signed by Governor Whitman in 1998, requires that individuals and businesses obtain a license to provide these services.

45:5A-29(a); SUBCHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

13:31A-1.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
a) The rules in this chapter implement the provisions of P.L. 1997, c.305, amending and
supplementing the provisions of P.L. 1962, c.162, N.J.S.A. 45:5A-1 et seq., The Electrical
Contractors Licensing Act, which created the Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith
Advisory Committee under the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors pursuant to
N.J.S.A. 45:5A-23 et seq.

b) Except as set forth in (c) below, this chapter shall apply to the following:

1) All applicants seeking licensure to engage in burglar alarm or fire alarm businesses as
defined in N.J.A.C. 13:31A-1.2;
2) All applicants seeking licensure to engage in locksmithing services as defined in N.J.A.C.
13:31A-1.2;
3) Licensees engaged in the burglar alarm or fire alarm business or in the provision of
locksmithing services in the State of New Jersey;
4) Persons who monitor burglar alarms and/or fire alarms and who, as part of the response
to an alarm signal, send an agent to the premises to investigate the alarm signal or to
reset the alarm system; and
5) Persons who send agents, in response to an alarm signal, to investigate the alarm signal
or to reset the alarm system, after they have been notified by an alarm business or by a
company that monitors the alarm, unless such persons are licensed by the State Police
pursuant to the Private Detective Act set forth in N.J.S.A. 45:19-8 et seq.

c) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
1) Telephone utilities and cable television companies regulated by the Board of Public
Utilities pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:5A-1 et seq. and 48:17-8 et seq., and employees of such
companies while performing the duties of their employment, as set forth in N.J.S.A.
45:5A-29(a);

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