A great question to ask is when is the next locksmith exam in DCA? The DCA is the agency that oversees locksmith licensing in the City of New York. Locksmiths need to complete an apprenticeship and pass the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALA) exam. There are two parts to the exam, each of which contains 250 questions. Those who are members of ALA will also have access to study materials. The fee for a license in New York City is $25 to 125 depending on the year and month of filing.