Our guide to key cutting covers popular questions we get asked, such as how long it takes to cut keys, the cost to cut a key, replacing broken keys to specific types of security keys a locksmith can cut.
If you have lost your keys, have a broken key, or want a spare, you will want to know how best to get new keys cut. Homeowners are always fascinated when they discover that a service like key cutting exists. For most of our clients in Dallas, the term sounds like magic. However, you are not alone if you have not stumbled on this term or used this service before. Our guide to key cutting covers popular questions we get asked, such as how long it takes to cut keys, the cost to cut a key, replacing broken keys to specific types of security keys a locksmith can cut. This guide should answer some of your questions that are key cutting related.
Once your key breaks, then it is time to call a locksmith. They will remove the broken parts of the key from the lock, then using a key machine in the van; the locksmith can cut a new key. 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.
If the key is too damaged, the locksmith can easily make a key to fit the lock.
What is a ‘do not copy’ / ‘do not duplicate’ key?
The phrase “do not copy” or “do not duplicate” means the key is restricted, either fitted by a landlord or owner of the property and is to stop copies being reproduced. Only a key that has a patent can genuinely be said to be restricted.
The locksmith should be able to produce a patented key, which is very difficult to copy. However, not impossible, keys such as security keys with a mechanical element in them are much more difficult to replicate than ones without a mechanical element.
No key in the world would be impossible to copy.
However, it is possible to legally protect a key from being copied by unauthorized people by using a patent.
Can you duplicate a patented key?
Patented keys need to be supplied by the originating center, who will have a license agreement with the manufacturer to supply the keys. If you don’t know who it is, your local locksmith should be able to obtain the keys for you with a letter of authorization.
If the locksmith has supplied the key, he may be able to provide you with a copy, but it depends who has originally registered the key, such as the owner, letting agent or landlord.
This also depends on if the blank is freely available or restricted. The locksmith may be able to order a key on your behalf with the correct letter of authorization.
How do I get restricted keys cut?
If you know which locksmith originally supplied the key, you can contact them directly for additional keys. If not, the locksmith should be able to obtain the key for you if you provide a letter of authorization.
Can a locksmith make a key from a picture?
It is possible, but only for specific types of keys, usually, the key would have to be the original, and the locksmith would need to know the brand of the key from the picture. This all depends on the skill and experience of the locksmith.
At SOS Locksmith, our customers always come first. To that effect, we offer 24/7/365 reliable services, which means you can call us even at odd hours. Our mobile locksmiths will be able to help with lost keys and replace broken keys as well. Whenever you need our services, all you need to do is get in touch, and we will be there to help you in no time.