Providing Expert Locksmith Services to Raleigh & the Triangle Area. 

Cardinal Locksmith Co. LLC is a locally owned, mobile lock shop. We are not a franchise  or an out-of-state call-center.  We are based near downtown Raleigh, and service the entire Triangle area. Cardinal Locksmith Co. LLC founder, Brian Donohoe, CRL (NC Locksmith License #0025), has over 25 years of locksmithing experience and has served the RDU, RTP and NCSU areas since 1998. Customer satisfaction is our focus, and repeat customers are at the core of our business. 



Locksmith Co.

NC Locksmith License #0025

Over 25 Years of
Locksmithing Experience.

Lock Rekeying and Lock Repairs for Home, Office, and Retail




What is a Locksmith License and why is it important?

All locksmiths in the state of North Carolina are required to keep a valid NC Locksmith License.  This license certifies that the locksmith is legally allowed to provide locksmith services for hire in North Carolina.  Potential customers should get in the habit of asking to see a valid NC Locksmith License at the time of service.  Every licensed locksmith must complete an SBI/FBI background check and provide his or her fingerprints to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  Each Locksmith License must be renewed every three years, and relevant continuing education requirements must also be satisfied.         

 Additionally, licensed locksmiths are obligated to uphold the Ethical Standards  imposed by the Board.  From the NCLLB website: "Have you been scammed by an unlicensed locksmith? Report it to the Attorney General: 919-716-6000. Providing locksmith services without a license is a potential Class I Misdemeanor. Any subsequent arrests for providing locksmith services without a license may be charged as a Class I Felony."

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Lock rekeying, deadbolt installation,  door closer replacement, masterkey systems, restricted key systems, storefront door lock repairs, house lockouts and changing combinations on keyless locks are just some of our routine services.

What does CRL mean?

CRL stands for "certified, registered locksmith," as designated by the Associated Locksmiths Of America organization. As stated on their website, ALOA's certification program "provides a standard of knowledge and technical proficiency by which locksmiths can be recognized." Cardinal Locksmith Co. LLC owner, Brian Donohoe, earned this accreditation in 1999.

Are you licensed, bonded & insured?

Yes, yes & yes.

Do you work on car locks or car keys?

No, we specialize in locks and keys for buildings.

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Do you provide emergency service?

Yes, as often as is practical.  Although our specialty is providing scheduled services (designing a master key system for your office building, rekeying your new house, repairing the deadbolt on your kitchen door, changing the locks on your retail storefront, upgrading the hardware on your warehouse, etc.), we'll happily respond to lockouts and other non-automotive emergencies as often as possible.  Don't be afraid to ask; if our daily schedule allows, we'd love to help.      


Cardinal Locksmith Co. LLC is based near downtown Raleigh, NC.  We provide service throughout the Triangle region, including to Durham, RTP,  Cary, Morrisville, Knightdale, Garner and other communities.  Zip codes include: 27601, 27604, 27605, 27607, 27608, 27609, 27615 and more.

Are you open 24 hours a day? 

Usually not, and we like to take vacations, too (occasionally), but you can find us during the daytime, plus most evenings  & weekends.

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