Locate Key Code

Locating your key code or key number:

Your key code can be found in many ways depending on the type and make of your lock. We hope this basic guide below will enable you to locate your key code to search and order using our website.

Common types of different locks:

  • Office Furniture – In most cases the key number will be stamped on the front of the lock next to where the key enters. In some cases the number may also be stamped on the original key. Tip: Some lock manufacturers such as Lowe & Fletcher, split the key code with the code prefix on one side and the remaining code of the other side (i.e. “AA” “123” which equals “AA123”). The number may also be stamped on the original key.
  • Front Door Locks – Premium high security front door locks such as Yale Superior, Magnum, Cisa, Iseo, Garrison and Mul-T-Lock give you a ‘Key Code Card’ to record a key cutting number for your lock (If you have lost the key code card we still may be able to help if you email us a clear image - See 'What if I can't find my key number' below). Other brands such as Ultion, Apecs, Abus, Kaba and Ingersoll don’t provide a key code card, but they do mark the key code on the original keys.
Garrison Code Card
Yale 2100 Code Card
  • Roof Rack, Roof Box, EBike Batteries and Cycle Carriers – Majority of vehicle related accessories such as roof racks (or also called roof bars) will have the key number stamped on the front of the locking barrel next to wear the key enters.
  • Towbars – The common manufacturers like Witter, Westfalia, Thule (Brink), Land Rover, and Bosal will have the key code stamped on the front of the barrel where the key enters, located in the release handle.
  • Window Lock & Handles - Only a small handful of window locks, such as Hoppe, ERA and Strebor, use keys with a key number/code. If your lock does have a key number it will only be stamped on the key and not the handle/lock itself. If there is no number please send us a photo of an existing key or a close-up image of the handle / lock like this, so we can identify what key you require.
  • Garage Doors - 50% of the time the number will be stamped on the front of the lock next to where the key enters similar to Office and Desk. In a small number of cases on older style T-handles (pre 1980's) the number may be stamped on the side of the square spindle at the back on the handle. If you have a handle that uses a “Euro” cylinder (Similar to what you might see in a UPVC front door), then as a rule of thumb key numbers do not exist.
  • Padlocks – In majority of cases key numbers do not exist for padlocks. Only high security premium brands such as Mul-T-Lock, Kaba, Abus, etc will have a ‘Key code Card’, which came with the padlock.


Which part of the number do I give to order my key?

Please give us the whole number and we’ll work out which parts we need to cut your key. On locks that are small, such as ones used for desk drawers, the key number may be split into two to fit on the front of the lock (e.g. 78 123)

What if I can’t find my key number?

Our service relies on having a key code to create your key. If you don’t have a key code, but still have an original key, we may be able to help if you send us a high-resolution image to support@replacementkeys.co.uk. Unfortunately we are unable to help if you have no key number or an original key.

What other information may be helpful?

In many cases your key code will have a unique format, which will tell us everything we need to know. However in some cases where the number is generic (i.e. 321), then we will need to know some additional information such as:

  • Lock Manufacturer - 75% of the time the lock manufacturer will only put their branding on the keys or on the back of the lock. TIP: If the key you require is for a Locker, filing cabinet, Desk, etc you could ask a colleague to take a look at their key to get the manufacturer name or any other information it may have.
  • Application – Knowing what the key is specifically intended for, such as an “Ikea filing cabinet”, will help narrow the search. In many cases the manufacturer of the filing cabinet, towbar, post box, etc will be different to the lock manufacturer. We have a large database of matching these brands to which locks they install on their products.
  • Photo of an original key – If neither the lock or item brand are known or are not identifiable, a high-resolution image of an original key will be able to tell us a lot about your lock and matching your key code. This can also be a photo of a key with a different key code to the one that is required proving it is the same style/series.