It's never a positive experience to be locked out of your home, vehicle, or office, but a locksmith can quickly come to the rescue and get you where you need to be. As you wait for the locksmith to arrive with their tools, you will want to be prepared so you can give them the information they need to assist you. Here are some things you should expect from your lockout experience when working with a locksmith.

Proof of who you are

For liability purposes, a locksmith will need to verify your identity prior to allowing you back in your home or vehicle. While this may seem difficult if your wallet or purse is away from you, there are a few ways they can verify who you are. They can call the DMV to verify your vehicle's registration, call your landlord if you are renting and out of your home, or talk to your insurance company to alert them that you are locked out and get their approval. If you have your identification with you or some legal document with your name on it, have it ready when the locksmith gets there.


Some insurance policies will include lockouts as part of your coverage, so call your insurance company right away to let them know of the incidence. Not only does this help in the verification process of your situation, it can speed the process of payment for your services. Make sure you know what your deductible is that you will have to pay the locksmith.If you do not have an insurance policy that includes lockout services, you can pay your locksmith via check, cash, or a debit card. Prior to arriving, ask your locksmith how much your services will cost (they can give you an estimate) and what payments they accept so you can pay them right away.


In most cases, your locksmith can use their supply of tools to get into your vehicle, home, or office without issue. If a broken or older lock is the reason for your lockout, repairs or replacement may be required. If you let your locksmith know the nature of your lockout, they can have the right repair tools needed to get you safely inside. You can often be billed for the parts used and simply pay for the service to get let back in, or pay the entire fee upfront if your locksmith has the bill ready for you on-site.

For more information, contact companies like Southern California Security Centers.