Restricted Key Access: What Is It And Why Do You Need It?

The term “Restricted Keys” is thrown around loosely these days. There are so many restricted key systems available; all making outlandish claims on security and performance.

But what type of restriction are you really getting with these master key systems? How do you know what you are getting for your money. Here are two simple upfront questions to ask for an instant assessment.

Question One: How restricted are your keys really?

Restricted master key systems can range from simple text embossed on the key to keys that can only be issued by registered dealers.

Simply having “DO NOT COPY” embossed on your standard key blanks does not make them restricted; in fact it only stops the minority of key cutters whom believe these are restricted keys. Anyone can cut these types of keys with no repercussions as they are not even remotely restricted.

If security is important to you (and why get a master key system if it isn’t) only choose a system that offers proper duplication restrictions.

Question Two: Is it a non-dealer specific restricted system?

There are many restricted systems that share the same key profile. Blanks may be obtainable by any locksmithing company meaning your key could insert in to another restricted system with the potential of a shared lock opening combination.

These systems are often referred to as non-dealer specific restricted systems.

When talking about a dealer specific restricted systems, it is definitely worth spending the extra dollar to ensure you are getting a dealer specific key system. A dealer specific key system means that the locksmith you are purchasing your key blanks from, is the only locksmith whom has access to your key profile, minimising the chance of another key opening your lock with the same combination. This also means that in the event someone wanted to copy your key they could only have it copied at one place, making duplication even harder still.