When you are locked out of your home or car, it can be a stressful situation, but the cost of a locksmith for an emergency repair should not typically be expensive. The cost of having a locksmith make a “house call” when you’ve locked yourself out of your home or vehicle varies considerably depending on location, type of lock and time of day, but typically starts with a minimum charge (sometimes called a mobile fee) which may be in the range of $35-$150 for coming to you.

For evenings, weekends or holidays, charges may go higher, potentially $150-$250, particularly in high-priced or remote areas, and depending on the type of job. Some locksmiths include most standard lock-out services in their house-call price, while others charge a lower minimum but add fees for specific services, such as drilling out the lock. If the locksmith has to rekey or replace the lock, this may also add to the total cost.