Are there keys that Cannot be duplicated?
The biggest question many people have when it comes to keys being duplicated by a locksmith are the keys labeled as “Do Not Duplicate”. These keys seem like they shouldn’t be able to be duplicated, but that’s a myth. There are no regulations or laws keeping a key with “Do Not Duplicate” on it from being duplicated.
Can you copy keys that say do not duplicate?
The truth is there’s no law regarding “do not duplicate” keys. The engraved message found on many business keys is not legally binding – it’s just a recommendation. Though many chain hardware stores, such as Ace, may refuse to cut a copy of these keys, a locksmith can easily duplicate them.
Where to buy do not duplicate keys?
Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe’s all have self serve kiosk that allow anyone in possession of any non-restricted key (meaning open market key blanks) to walk up, put the key in the machine and duplicate them without any validation.
What is a restricted padlock?
A Restricted padlock is one that uses a specific key which is extremely difficult to copy and or one which has a key unique to a specific lock or suite of locks and no other lock will have the same key number.
Can Medeco keys be duplicated?
Only Medeco authorized locksmiths are equipped to duplicate Medeco keys, and they record and verify every transaction. Each key cut is held on file at both the Locksmith and Medeco. It’s a 2 part authentication process to ensure the security of the key duplication process.
Will Home Depot copy a do not duplicate key?
Home Depot provides key copy service for most car types starting from Hadlock keys, all the way to any device that needs a key. In general, most people with “do not duplicate” labeled keys find it extremely challenging to get a new copy at Home Depot.
Can you get padlock keys cut?
It is possible, as long as the parts are available and parts of the key are too damaged, the locksmith will need all the broken pieces though. They will be able to find the correct key blank and cut a new key that can be used in the existing lock.
How do I get a restricted key cut?
A restricted key can only be cut at the locksmith who owns the restricted key system and only by an authorised signatory on record, thus allowing complete control over the key system and the number of keys distributed.
Who can copy Medeco keys?
Only Medeco authorized locksmiths are equipped to duplicate Medeco keys, and they record and verify every transaction. Each key cut is held on file at both the Locksmith and Medeco. There are varying levels of security, there are even keys that can only be cut at the factory.
How much does a Medeco key cost?
Duplicating a key for a high-security lock such as a Medeco lock runs about $8-$20 or more, and usually can only be done with proper documentation at the authorized dealer who installed the lock. Medeco locks have a patented key which can’t be copied by tracing it.
Can you copy a Medeco key?
How much does it cost to duplicate a key at Home Depot?
Home Depot key copy is relatively cheap; you only have to pay about $1.5 for each key copy. In other words, Home Depot does not charge you for the service itself but, it charges you for the price of the copy.
What’s the difference between master and keyed alike padlocks?
Keyed alike padlocks allow authorized users to open all padlocks in a set with the same key. Keyed different padlocks can only be accessed by one unique key. Master keyed padlocks can only be accessed by one unique key or a master key.
Is it okay to duplicate a lock key?
In fact, one is actually perfectly okay to duplicate. It also depends on the locksmith and how comfortable they are with accepting the request. Restricted keys are the variety that you should obtain permission to duplicate.
Why are keys marked ” do not duplicate “?
Keys Marked “Do Not Duplicate” Don’t Increase Security Property owners and managers began pressing the “do not duplicate” key message in an attempt to control security violations from terminated employees, former tenants, construction workers and others who gain possession of a key.
Why do locksmiths ignore the DND stamp?
Key Copy Machines Ignore the DND Stamp. This is the least expensive option to prevent unauthorized key duplication that consists of a standard key being labeled as DND (do not duplicate). The DND stamp was put there to tell locksmiths that these are do no copy keys, and not to copy the key without authorization.