Have you ever needed to copy a key, but noticed the “DO NOT DUPLICATE” inscription on it? You probably wondered if it is illegal to duplicate the key.

The truth is there’s no law regarding “do not duplicate” keys. The engraved message found on many business keys is not legally binding – in fact, property owners and managers began pressing the “do not duplicate” key message in an attempt to decrease the number of copies in circulation since key duplication remains a serious threat to security today and is currently the single most violated security policy in business. So, though many chain hardware stores, such as Home Depot, may refuse to cut a copy of these keys, a locksmith can easily duplicate them.

Now, you’re probably wondering ‘Why are some keys marked “do not duplicate”?’ and, ‘If a locksmith can copy them, are they any more secure than non-marked keys?’

Keys Marked “Do Not Duplicate” Don’t Increase Security

The “Do Not Duplicate” inscription may reduce key copies due to confusion or lack of knowledge about legality. However, keys with this stamp aren’t inherently more secure. In reality, they can give a false sense of security as they lack additional security features. For enhanced security, it’s better to opt for patented keys, also known as “restricted” keys. These keys have limited duplication rights and are harder to copy due to special equipment and patent protection.

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