Is it actually possible to duplicate a key that cannot be duplicated? A mobile locksmith is able to work through this scenario with their knowledge and expertise. Let’s take a look at this in more detail below.
A lot of commercial keys say ‘Do Not Duplicate’ on them, and business owners and employees often assume that this means that the keys cannot be copied.
However, this is not always the case. If you have a key that is marked with that warning and you need copies, then you do have options open to you.
The ‘Do Not Duplicate’ markings on keys are just a guideline and it is not something that emergency locksmiths are obliged to follow.
Many chain stores and a lot of local locksmiths will follow the guidelines because they respect the wishes of the person who installed the lock.
However, if you are the owner of the property that the key belongs to then you should be able to get the keys copied, as long as the key is not a true ‘restricted key’.
If you have a key that is marked ‘Do Not Duplicate’, and it is just a normal key with that stamped on it, then it is highly likely that this key is a copy itself.
If you can find the original key, you will most likely see that it is not stamped this way therefore, will be easier for you to get that key copied.
If you cannot find that key, then you can try to contact the locksmith who worked on the property most recently and explain your issue. They will most likely copy the key for you.
However, if you are unable to contact the locksmith that last worked on the locks, then you should be able to get assistance from a local mobile locksmith.
There is no law that says that a locksmith in Australia is not allowed to copy a key marked ‘Do Not Duplicate’ or ‘Do Not Copy’.
The marking is primarily there as a safety precaution in order to raise alarm bells with the locksmith if there is anything untoward about the request.
As long as you don’t make the locksmith suspicious in any way, they will most likely copy it for you, assuming that they have a blank. Most locksmiths will have a huge collection of blanks on hand.
While a standard key that is stamped with a warning not be copied, but can indeed be copied, there are some ‘restricted’ keys that most locksmiths will not copy in Australia.
These keys are designed for high-security applications and if you want a copy of one of them you will need to be able to prove that you are the owner.
You will also have to find the original locksmith, who is likely a Master Locksmiths Association member, to make the copy for you. If you are unable to do that, it may be simpler to get the lock changed, depending on what it is for.
If you are a tenant who wants to have a spare key made for a property, get the consent of the landlord and they may be able to arrange to have a new key made for you.
If it is for a commercial property, ask the property manager to help you. Some locksmiths may be willing to cut restricted keys if they have the verbal consent of the property manager.
Assuming, of course, that they have the blanks and the copy system for that type of key.
While you can get keys to standard locks cut at a ‘While-U-Wait’ booth in a department store, you will find that those services do not have the systems or the blanks to cut a restricted key.
To ensure that you get a working key, and save you wasting time, choose a reputable locksmith that is an MLAA member for your more sophisticated key cutting needs.
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